Final Paving on Markley Street

Motorists traveling on Markley Street in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County, will encounter daytime travel restrictions the next four weeks, beginning Monday, June 8, for milling and paving, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced today.

This resurfacing operation is one of the final stages of PennDOT’s $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street between Elm Street in Norristown Borough and Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township.

Beginning Monday, June 8, and continuing to the end of the month, drivers may encounter delays and periodic, flagger-controlled stoppages Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on and approaching Markley Street during the resurfacing operation.

In addition, temporary closures of streets intersecting Markley Street may be in place Mondays through Thursdays between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM along the 1.1 mile work zone. Milling and paving operations also may take place on Fridays if weather forces the cancellation of paving earlier in the week.

Markley Street is currently one-way southbound from Roberts Street to Harding Boulevard, but carries two-way traffic between Roberts Street and Johnson Highway, and between Elm Street and Harding Boulevard. Markley Street will be reopened to two-way traffic between Roberts Street and Harding Boulevard this fall once all of the new traffic signals and street lights are installed and trees are planted in the work area.

Motorists are advised to allow additional time when traveling on Markley Street during construction because slowdowns will occur.

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 rebuild and improve the Markley Street Corridor. A second project to reconstruct Markley Street from Main Street to Elm Street is in final design. Construction on the second phase is expected to start in 2016.

Work began in early 2013 on the project to rebuild Markley Street to provide one lane in each direction plus a center lane for left turns; construct recessed parking bays in residential areas and an off-street parking lot at the corner of Harding Boulevard and Markley Street; install trees and decorative street lights; upgrade traffic signals at a number of intersections; construct new curbs, curb-ramps and sidewalks; and install new gas, water and sanitary sewer utilities beneath Markley Street. The Main Street bridge over Stony Creek also was rehabilitated under the first phase of the Markley Street project.

For more information on the widening of U.S. 202, visit www.us202-markleystreet.com.

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