New Traffic Pattern on Markley Street

Markley Street motorists will find a new traffic pattern in place in the two-way section between Roberts Street and Johnson Highway in Norristown Borough as work begins to reconstruct the center section of the street.

The new traffic pattern, which will remain in place through late December, marks the substantial completion of construction to rebuild and improve the west side of Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway under PennDOT’s $20.8 million improvement project.

In addition to completely rebuilding Markley Street, PennDOT’s contractor and regional utility companies have installed new water, sewer and gas mains, relocated above ground electrical wires, and replaced subsurface telecommunications lines. New curbs and sidewalks have also been constructed, and recessed parking areas have been provided in front of residences within the project area.

The new pattern, which will be in place Tuesday afternoon, places a single lane of southbound Markley Street traffic onto the rebuilt west side of the street between Johnson Highway and Harding Boulevard. A single lane of northbound traffic remains in place on the east side of Markley Street from Roberts Street through Johnson Highway. Markley Street remains one-way southbound south of Roberts Street.

With the new pattern established, crews will excavate the existing pavement and completely rebuild the center section of Markley Street at the northern end of the project area.

In addition to work at the northern end, construction continues to rebuild the street, construct new curbs, sidewalks and recessed parking slots on the east side of Markley Street between Lincoln Street and Roberts Street.

Motorists may encounter flagger-controlled lane closures and short-term closures of intersecting streets on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and during occasional weekend operations. The Markley Street work area extends from north of Johnson Highway (Swede Road) in East Norriton Township to Elm Street in Norristown Borough.

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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