Flaggers on Markley Street for Expanded Construction, Utility Work

May 2014 – Weekday travel restrictions will be in place on Markley Street/Swede Road in Norristown Borough and East Norriton Township for expanded utility work and roadway reconstruction (Click View All Advisories for more).

This work is part of PennDOT’s $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street/U.S. 202 South from Elm Street through the intersection of Johnson Highway.

Periodic flagger-controlled stoppages of southbound traffic may occur Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Markley Street/Swede Road for roadway reconstruction, and for water, gas, sewer and communication line utility installation between Johnson Highway and Harding Bulevard through late 2014.

Motorists can expect to face delays and should allow additional time for travel through the construction zone or avoid the area during this operation, which is weather dependent.

Construction began in February 2013 to improve 1.1 miles of Markley Street from Elm Street through the intersection with Johnson Highway, and a half-mile stretch of Johnson Highway between Markley Street and DeKalb Street. The plan also includes the rehabilitation of the nearby Main Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek.

PennDOT is improving Markley Street by rebuilding the street to provide one lane in each direction plus a center lane for left turns; adding recessed parking bays in residential areas; installing trees and decorative pedestrian street lights; building an off-street parking lot at the corner of Harding Boulevard and Markley Street; upgrading traffic signals; installing new curb ramps; and adding Intelligent Transportation System components.

J.D. Eckman of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the $20,825,701 contract that is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds.

This project is the first of two to improve the Markley Street Corridor. A second project to rebuild Markley Street from Main Street to Elm Street is presently in engineering design. Construction is scheduled to start in spring 2015.

For more information on the Markley Street improvement project, visit www.us202-markleystreet.com.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to www.511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major highways before heading out.                             

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