Markley Street Traffic Moves onto More New Pavement

Motorists traveling on Markley Street will move onto fresh pavement Monday, August 25, when a new southbound traffic pattern is established beginning at Roberts Street in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today.

The traffic pattern change is associated with the fourth stage of construction on the $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street between Elm Street in Norristown and Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township. Construction is scheduled to finish in fall 2016.

The new pattern will move a single lane of southbound Markley Street traffic over to the newly rebuilt west side of the street between Roberts Street and Harding Boulevard.

In conjunction with the traffic pattern change, the work zone on the east side of Markley Street will be lengthened, allowing crews to excavate the old pavement and continue the installation of a new water main between Lincoln Avenue and Roberts Street. Working south to north, crews will follow the water main installation with complete pavement and sidewalk reconstruction on the east side of Markley Street.

Traffic flow on Markley Street is currently one-way southbound from Roberts Street to Harding Boulevard, and two-way between Roberts Street and Johnson Highway.

Markley Street drivers may encounter flagger-controlled lane closures and short-term closures of intersecting streets weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on occasional weekends. The Markley Street work area extends from north of Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township to Harding Boulevard in Norristown Borough.

In addition, the contractor continues to rebuild the west side of Markley Street between Roberts Street and Johnson Highway, where crews are installing a new sewer main, reconstructing the pavement, building new sidewalks and curbs and installing new street lights. Sewer main and other utility work also is currently underway on Johnson Highway west of the Markley Street/Swede Road intersection.

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 rebuild Markley Street from Main Street to Elm Street is presently in engineering design. Construction is scheduled to start in 2016.

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

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