Markley Street/Swede Road Travel Restrictions for Utility Work

Weekday travel restrictions will be in place on Markley Street/Swede Road in Norristown Borough and East Norriton Township for ongoing utility work and roadway reconstruction.

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 may occur Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Markley Street/Swede Road between Johnson Highway and Elm Street.

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.

In addition to construction to rebuild Markley Street, utility work will continue on installation of water, sewer and electric lines along Markley Street in advance of crews who are rebuilding the road. This operation will result in brief traffic stoppages and short-term parking restrictions.

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.

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