Markley Street Single-Lane Pattern Saturday in Norristown

Motorists Advised to Use Alternate Route during Daylong Installation

…As part of the $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street/U.S. 202 South in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County, crews will install an underground drainage pipe Saturday (April 27), reducing Markley Street to one lane between Elm Street and Harding Boulevard, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today.

Flaggers will direct an alternating single lane of northbound and southbound Markley Street traffic through the work area Saturday (April 27) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Motorists traveling on Markley Street can expect backups and delays in both directions approaching the area as crews excavate and install a large drainage pipe 15 feet under the street. The Markley Street restriction also may cause backups on Harding Boulevard and other intersecting streets in the borough.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area or allow extra time for travel through the work zone.

The pipe installation is part of stage one construction on the project that began in February 2013 to improve 1.1 miles of Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway, and a half-mile stretch of Johnson Highway between Markley Street and DeKalb Street. Construction is scheduled to finish in fall 2016.

The Markley Street improvement plan includes 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.

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