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Part One of Markley Street Project Finishes Ahead of Schedule

The newly rebuilt and improved section of Markley Street (US 202 South) was opened to to two-way traffic in early September between Elm Street and Johnson Highway in Norristown, signaling the substantial completion of the first of two parts of PennDOT’s Markley Street Improvement Project.

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The $20.8 million, 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funded project was completed one year ahead of schedule. PennDOT’s contractor will plant additional trees along Markley Street during the fall planting season, starting in mid-October.

Since construction began in early 2013, PennDOT’s contractor initially installed new storm water and sanitary sewers, and relocated gas and water mains on Markley Street from Elm Street to Johnson Highway. Utility companies relocated aerial telecommunications lines as well as aerial and underground electric lines.

Crews then completely rebuilt the one-mile section of Markley Street to include one northbound and southbound travel lane, plus a center turn lane. New and upgraded traffic signals were installed at four intersections, including the newly signalized crossing with Coolidge Boulevard/Brown Street. The intersection of Markley Street/Swede Road and Johnson Highway in Norristown and East Norriton Township was upgraded to include turn lanes, and Johnson Highway was restriped to add a center turn lane between Markley Street and DeKalb Street.

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Accompanying the new traffic signals at Markley Street’s intersections with Harding Boulevard, Fornance Street, Coolidge Boulevard/Brown Street, and Johnson Highway are pedestrian push buttons, pedestrian countdown timers, continental crosswalks, and new curb ramps to enhance pedestrian travel and safety.

In addition, new sidewalks and curbing were added on Markley Street along with recessed parking slots in residential blocks, 39 ornamental street lights, and 16 trees planted in storm filter boxes. A residential parking lot also was built on Harding Boulevard at its intersection with Markley Street.

The project also included the rehabilitation of the historic Main Street Bridge over Stony Creek in Norristown.

Additionally, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components were installed, including a highway camera and travel time reader on Markley Street at the intersections of Main Street and Johnson Highway. A dynamic message sign, highway camera and travel time reader were installed on DeKalb Street at the U.S. 202 split,  and a highway camera and travel time at the intersection of Swede Road and U.S. 202.

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Construction on the $20,825,701 project began in February 2013 and was scheduled to finish on September 8, 2016. However the contractor, J.D. Eckman of Atglen, Chester County, accelerated the construction schedule by combining several of the planned construction stages, which allowed crews to work concurrently at different locations along Markley Street.

The second and final phase of the Markley Street Improvement Project is in engineering design and is expected to move to construction in early 2017. This phase covers Markley Street from Elm Street to south of Main Street.

The reconstruction and improvement of Markley Street from Elm Street to Johnson Highway in Norristown is heading for completion this summer with the final paving layer in place and crews completing installation of traffic signals and landscaping in the 1 mile work zone.

8.6.15 Markley-3With the final runs of utilities — including new water and sewer mains — in place at the north end of the project along with all of the base paving, the focus in early summer was on paving the rebuilt roadway with the top, “wearing course” of bituminous (blacktop).

Paving operations also wrapped up at the intersection of Markley Street/Swede Road and Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township, which has been widened to provide turning lanes to Markley Street, and at the intersection of Harding Boulevard and Spruce Stret.

Installation of new and replacement traffic signals will be completed along the corridor, including new signals at Markley Street and Coolidge Boulevard/W. Brown Street, and at Markley Street and W. Roberts Street. Remaining decorative street light poles and fixtures also are being erected. New trees will be planted along the Markley Street work area along with other landscaping during the upcoming fall planting season.

Additionally, a number of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components have been installed and are operating, including Bluetooth readers, traffic cameras and a Digital Message Sign (DMS) on DeKalb Street at the Route 202 split in neighboring Bridgeport.

8.19.15_Markley-3PennDOT is investing $20.8 million to rebuild and improve 1.1 miles of Markley Street from Elm Street to Johnson Highway under the first of two projects to reconstruct Markley Street between Main Street and Johnson Highway.  Part two, which is expected to go to construction in 2016, will complete improvements between Main Street and Elm Street.

The first phase of construction began in early 2013. In phase one, crews are rebuilding Markley Street to provide one lane in each direction plus a center lane for left turns. The improvement plan also is 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; and installing new curb ramps. Various utilities also have been installed or relocated, including new gas, water and sanitary sewers beneath Markley Street.

This major transportation improvement project is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds.

J.D. Eckman of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the $20,825,701 project.

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

Improvements to the East Side of Markley Street Continue in Norristown

Crews this spring will complete rebuilding the east side of Markley Street from Wood Street to Johnson Highway following construction during the winter months that focused on installing the last runs of electrical utilities and sanitary sewers between Roberts Street and Johnson Highway in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County.

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PennDOT is investing $20.8 million to rebuild and improve 1.1 miles of Markley Street from Elm Street to Johnson Highway under the first of two projects to reconstruct Markley Street between Main Street and Johnson Highway.  Part two, which is expected to go to construction by summer 2016, will complete improvements between Main Street and Elm Street.

Widening to add turn lanes continues at the intersection of Markley Street/Swede Road and Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township. The final pavement layer — the wearing course — will be paved at the intersection and along the entire Markley Street project area as one of the s final work items.

Traffic signals also are being installed at several intersections along Markley Street, including new signals at Coolidge Boulevard/W. Brown Street, and at W. Roberts Street. Decorative street light poles and fixtures also are being erected as rebuilding is completed along the street. New trees will be planted along the Markley Street work area during the final stage of the project.

Additionally, a number of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components have been installed and are operating, including Bluetooth readers, traffic cameras and a Digital Message Sign (DMS) on DeKalb Street at the Route 202 split in neighboring Bridgeport.

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The first phase of construction began in early 2013. In phase one, crews are rebuilding Markley Street to provide one lane in each direction plus a center lane for left turns. The improvement plan also is 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; and installing new curb ramps. Various utilities also have been installed or relocated, including new gas, water and sanitary sewers beneath Markley Street.

This major transportation improvement project is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds.

J.D. Eckman of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the $20,825,701 project.

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

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511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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Work to Improve East Side of Markley Street Continues as Reconstruction Finishes on West Side

Following the completion of work to reconstruct and improve the west side of Markley Street (U.S. Route 202 South), crews are now focused on rebuilding the east side of the roadway under PennDOT’s $20.8 million project in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County.

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PennDOT is improving 1.1 miles of Markley Street from Elm Street to Johnson Highway by rebuilding the road to provide one lane in each direction plus a center lane for left turns. The improvement plan also includes 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; and installing new curb ramps. Various utilities are being installed or relocated, including new gas, water and sanitary sewers beneath Markley Street.

The final stretch of work on the west side — between Roberts Street and Johnson Highway — was completed in November. The middle section of Markley Street at this northern end of the project area was then rebuilt in December. Utility crews are completing electrical line upgrades in advance of the road reconstruction. The road crews have been working from south to north beginning at Harding Boulevard to excavate the old pavement, install storm sewers, reconstruct the road, improve intersections and install recessed parking slots and curb and sidewalks along the east side.

Construction activities will continue on the east side of Markley Street through the winter as conditions permit.

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Widening to add turn lanes continues at the intersection of Markley Street/Swede Road and Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township. The final pavement layer — the wearing course — will be paved at the intersection and along the entire Markley Street project area as one of the final work items.

Crews last summer began Stage 4 construction on the east side of Markley Street between Lincoln Avenue and Roberts Street.  Rehabilitation of the Main Street Bridge over Stony Creek also wrapped-up in the early summer.

Traffic signals also are being installed at several intersections along Markley Street, including new signals at Coolidge Boulevard/W. Brown Street, and at W. Roberts Street. Decorative street lighting poles and fixtures also are being erected as rebuilding is completed along the entire project area. New trees will be planted along Markley during the final stage of the project.

Additionally, a number of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components have been installed and are now operating, including Bluetooth readers, traffic cameras and a Digital Message Sign (DMS) on DeKalb Street at the Route 202 split in neighboring Bridgeport.

This major transportation improvement project, financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds, is the first of two state contracts to improve the Markley Street Corridor in Norristown. A second project to rebuild and improve Markley Street from Main Street to Elm Street is presently in engineering design and slated to go to construction in 2016.

Since construction began in early 2013, PennDOT’s contractor has completely rebuilt Markley Street between Elm Street and Harding Boulevard on the west side and between Elm Street and Lincoln Avenue on the east. New pavement, new curbs and sidewalks and new utilities also are in place on the west side of Markley Street.

J.D. Eckman of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the $20,825,701 project.

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

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 700 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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Markley Street Reconstruction Continues this Fall to Improve Roadway in Norristown

Construction continues to advance PennDOT’s $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street (U.S. Route 202 South) in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County. In early November, crews will complete reconstruction on the west side of the street from Harding Boulevard to Johnson Highway and begin reconstruction of the center section of Markley Street between Roberts Street and Johnson Highway. In addition, work continues to install sanitary sewers and rebuild the east side of the roadway south of Roberts Street.

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PennDOT is improving 1.1 miles of Markley Street from Elm Street to Johnson Highway by rebuilding the road to provide one lane in each direction plus a center lane for left turns. The improvement plans also includes 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; and installing new curb ramps. Various utilities are being installed or relocated, including new gas, water and sanitary sewers beneath Markley Street.

This major transportation improvement project, financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds, is the first of two state contracts to improve the Markley Street Corridor in Norristown. A second project to rebuild and improve Markley Street from Main Street to Elm Street is presently in engineering design and slated to go to construction in 2016.

Since construction began in early 2013, PennDOT’s contractor has completely rebuilt Markley Street between Elm Street and Harding Boulevard on the west side and between Elm Street and Lincoln Avenue on the east (except for the final, top course of pavement, which will be placed at the end of the project). New pavement, new curbs and sidewalks and new utilities also are in place on the west side of Markley Street from Harding Boulevard to Roberts Street. Drainage and reconstruction of the west side from Roberts Street to Johnson Highway will continue through early fall. When completed, crews will rebuild the center section of Markley Street in this area.

Working south-to-north on the east side of Markley Street, crews are installing a new water main before reconstructing the entire roadway.

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Widening to add turn lanes is underway along the north side of Johnson Highway west of Markley Street, and on the west side of Swede Road approaching Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township.

During the past summer, crews began Stage 4 construction on the east side of Markley Street between Lincoln Avenue and Roberts Street while Stage 3 reconstruction of the west side continued north of Roberts Street. Rehabilitation of the Main Street Bridge over Stony Creek also wrapped-up in the early summer.

Additionally, a number of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components have been installed and are now operating, including Bluetooth readers, traffic cameras and a Digital Message Sign (DMS) on DeKalb Street at the Route 202 split in neighboring Bridgeport.

J.D. Eckman of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the $20,825,701 project.

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

Motorists can check conditions on Route 202 and other major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 700 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

For more PennDOT information, visit www.dot.state.pa.us. Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly.

Construction This Summer on Both Sides of Markley Street

Construction is taking place on both sides of Markley Street this summer as the contractor works to complete Stage 3 improvements and starts work on Stage 4 of PennDOT’s $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street/U.S. Route 202 in Norristown Borough

This major transportation improvement project, financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds, is improving Markley Street/U.S. 202 South from Elm Street through the intersection of Johnson Highway. It is the first of two contracts to improve the Markley Street Corridor. A second project to rebuild and improve Markley Street from Main Street to Elm Street is presently in engineering design and slated to go to construction in spring 2015.

Crews working from south to north are installing a new sewer main and rebuilding the roadway and sidewalks from Elm Street to Johnson Highway.  As of early summer, the west side of the project area has new paving, sidewalks and parking slots in place up to Fornance Street, while sewer and roadway work continue ahead of paving toward the project’s northern limit at Johnson Highway.

With the paving in place at the southern end of the work zone, the contractor shifted a single lane of southbound traffic onto the rebuilt west site and began Stage 4 work in early July with installation of a new water main on the east side of Markley Street between Lincoln Avenue and Fornance Street. Construction on the east side — which also includes new sidewalks, parking slots and a rebuilt Markley Street — will continue in this area until late summer before progressing north.

Motorists traveling south on Markley Street/U.S. 202 South are advised to use alternate routes  during daytime construction as periodic flagger-controlled stoppages may occur Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  In addition, drivers may face stoppages or slowdowns on Johnson Highway approaching the intersection with Markley Street/Swede Road, and on Swede Road approaching the intersection with Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township.

PennDOT began construction in February 2013 to improve 1.1 miles of Markley Street from Elm Street to Johnson Highway, and a half-mile stretch of Johnson Highway between Markley Street and DeKalb Street/U.S. 202 North. The plan also includes the rehabilitation of the nearby Main Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek.

Construction is completed on the first two stages of the project, during which crews installed new utilities and a sanitary sewer line and rebuilt Markley Street/U.S. 202 South from Elm Street to James Street, and on the east side of Markley Street/U.S. 202 South from Basin Street to Lincoln Street.

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; and installing new curb ramps.

Additionally, a number of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components have been installed and are now operating, including blue tooth readers, traffic cameras and a Digital Message Sign (DMS) at DeKalb Street at the Route 202 split in neighboring Bridgeport.

J.D. Eckman of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the $20,825,701 contract.

Markley Street Improvement Project Progresses to Stage 3

PennDOT is moving forward on its $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street/U.S. Route 202 in Norristown Borough, with Stage 3 work now under way through late summer along.

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This major transportation improvement project, financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds, is improving Markley Street/U.S. 202 South from Elm Street through the intersection of Johnson Highway. It is the first of two contracts to improve the Markley Street Corridor. A second project to reconstruct and improve Markley Street from Main Street to Elm Street is presently in engineering design and slated to go to construction in spring 2015.

In Stage 3, crews will completely reconstruct the west side of Markley Street from James Street to Warren Street. The operation also includes the construction of parking bays and new sidewalks like those installed during earlier stages of construction.

As part of this improvement project, utility work has been completed on Markley Street/U.S. 202 South between Elm and Fornance streets (much of the Stage 3 work area). However, utility crews will continue to work in advance of roadway reconstruction activities, installing and relocating gas, electric and communications’ lines under and along Markley Street from Fornance Street to Warren Street, and north through the intersection with Swede Road and Johnson Highway.

[singlepic id=167 w=320 h=240 float=]Motorists traveling south on Markley Street/U.S. 202 South are advised to use alternate routes  during daytime construction as periodic flagger-controlled stoppages may occur Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  In addition, drivers may face stoppages or slowdowns on Johnson Highway approaching the intersection with Markley Street/Swede Road, and on Swede Road approaching the intersection with Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township.

PennDOT began construction in February 2013 to improve 1.1 miles of Markley Street from Elm Street to Johnson Highway, and a half-mile stretch of Johnson Highway between Markley Street and DeKalb Street/U.S. 202 North. The plan also includes the rehabilitation of the nearby Main Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek.

Construction is completed on the first two stages of the project, during which crews installed new utilities and a sanitary sewer line and rebuilt Markley Street/U.S. 202 South from Elm Street to James Street, and on the east side of Markley Street/U.S. 202 South from Basin Street to Lincoln Street.

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In addition, construction continues to rehabilitate the Main Street Bridge over Stony Creek. Crews are finished with the north side and center section of the bridge — including work to strengthen the underside of the arch structure — and are working to rebuild the south side of the span this spring. Main Street remains limited to one lane westbound and two lanes eastbound during construction.

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; and installing new curb ramps.

Additionally, a number of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components have been installed and are now operating, including blue tooth readers, traffic cameras and a Digital Message Sign (DMS) at DeKalb Street at the Route 202 split in neighboring Bridgeport.

J.D. Eckman of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the $20,825,701 contract.

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

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 680 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available by calling 5-1-1, and regional Twitter alerts are available on the 511PA website.

For more PennDOT information, visit www.dot.state.pa.us. Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly.

First Stage Finishes, Stage 2 Under Way

Construction on the first stage of the Markley Street/U.S. 202 South improvement project in Norristown, Montgomery County, concluded in December when utility work and roadway reconstruction at the southern end of the project was completed.

With Stage 1 finished, work begins immediately on Stage 2, which will proceed through the winter as conditions permit, starting on the east side of Markley Street between Spruce Street and Lincoln Avenue. In addition to pavement reconstruction, “traffic calming” parking bump-outs will be installed on the east side from Spruce Street to Lincoln Avenue in Stage 2.

Since work began last spring on the $20.8 million, five-stage project, crews moved utility poles and attached utility lines; installed new subsurface water, sewer, electric and gas lines; constructed a new storm water management system; and completely rebuilt Markley Street and its intersections from Elm Street to north of Harding Boulevard/Spruce Street.

In addition, Stage 1 improvements to Markley Street included construction of new curbs and sidewalks (Sidewalk construction is proceeding separate from roadway work.) with ADA curb ramps at intersections and parking slot bump-outs in front of residences.

The intersection of Markley Street and Coolidge Boulevard also was rebuilt in Stage 1.

Following the completion of Stage 2 this spring, PennDOT’s contractor, J.D. Eckman, Inc., will begin Stage 3 work to improve the west side of Markley Street from north of Harding Boulevard to Roberts Street. This work will continue through the end of 2014.

As PennDOT’s contractor moves steadily north installing drain pipes and inlets and rebuilding the road’s surface, utility companies will continue to work ahead of the road crews to replace or relocate gas, water, sewer, cable and other utility lines. The utility work will change traffic patterns  through the  work zone.

Last June, northbound traffic was removed from Markley Street between Harding Boulevard and Roberts Street. A posted detour takes northbound Markley Street traffic onto U.S. 202 North/DeKalb Street through neighboring Bridgeport and Norristown and reconnects with Markley Street/U.S. 202 South at the intersection with Johnson Highway.

The one-way detour provides construction and utility crews with more room to maneuver and operate safely on Markley Street. With only a single lane of traffic moving through the work zone, southbound travel delays may occur weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition to Markley Street construction, crews continue to rehabilitate the southern-third of the Main Street bridge over Stony Creek, located just west of Markley Street. Bridge construction is expected to finish in spring 2014.

Since work began in early 2013 to rehabilitate the borough-owned bridge, workers have inserted a metal sleeve on the underside of the structure to reinforce the bridge’s stone arch; refurbished the bridge’s northern facing; and rebuilt the northern sidewalk and two-thirds of the roadway over the span.

PennDOT is investing $20.8 million to improve utilities and provide two through lanes, a center turn lane and recessed parking on both sides of Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway. The improvements being made under this project include the:

  • Reconstruction and widening of approximately 1.04 miles of Markley Street on existing alignment from Elm Street to Johnson Highway;
  • Widening of Johnson Highway and Swede Road at the intersection with Markley Street;
  • Minor widening and reconstruction on Johnson Highway from west of Markley Street to DeKalb Street;
  • Realignment of the intersection of Coolidge Boulevard as a signalized intersection with Brown Street;
  • Rehabilitation of the Main Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek;
  • Drainage improvements and installation of post-construction storm water management facilities;
  • Placement of new traffic signals at Markley Street intersections with Harding Boulevard/Spruce Street, Fornance Street, Coolidge Boulevard and Johnson Highway.
  • Installation of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) network elements, including a digital message board at Swede Road and DeKalb Pike and four closed circuit traffic cameras along Markley Street;
  • Installation of new subsurface water, sewer and gas lines;
  • Construction of new concrete curbs, sidewalks, ADA curb ramps at intersections; and
  • Placement of new highway signs, lighting and landscape plantings.

The current project (Section 520) under construction is the first of two phases of PennDOT’s overall U.S. 202, Section 500 plan to rebuild and improve the entire length of Markley Street/U.S. 202 South in Norristown and complete a number of other road and intersection improvements along the corridor.

The improvement of Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway is scheduled to finish in September 2016. Work on the second phase of Markley Street between Main and Elm streets is expected to start in 2015.

More information is available at www.us202-markleystreet.com.

First Stage of Reconstruction Finishes This Fall

Stage one of the Markley Street/U.S. 202 South Improvement Project in Norristown, Montgomery County, will wrap-up this fall when crews complete work between Elm and Spruce streets and move north for stage two reconstruction. The second of five stages of work on the $20.8 million project will improve the east side of Markley Street between Spruce Street and Lincoln Avenue.

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Work began last spring to install new subsurface utilities and rebuild Markley Street from Elm Street to Harding Boulevard/Spruce Street. PennDOT’s contractor rebuilt the west (southbound) side and center section of the road. The reconstruction of the east (northbound) side is expected finish in December, which completes stage one.

Crews will then move north to rebuild the east side of Markley Street and install “traffic-calming” parking bump outs on the east side from Spruce Street to Lincoln Avenue in stage two.

Following the completion of stage two, PennDOT’s contractor will begin the third stage which features the reconstruction of the opposite side of Markley Street from Harding Boulevard to Sterigere Street. Construction in this area will continue for about one year.

Utility companies will continue to work on Markley Street ahead of the road crews to replace or relocate subsurface gas, water, sewer, cable and other utility lines.

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Last June, northbound traffic was removed from Markley Street between Harding Boulevard and Roberts Street. A posted detour takes northbound Markley Street traffic onto Route 202 North/DeKalb Street through neighboring Bridgeport and Norristown and reconnects with Route 202 south at Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township.

The one-way detour provides construction and utility crews with more room to maneuver and operate equipment on Markley Street. With only a single lane of traffic moving through the work zone, southbound travel delays may occur  weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Parking restrictions also are in place in work areas along Markley Street. A  parking area was built at Markley Street and Harding Boulevard and this lot will be available for use by residents who lose on-street parking during sstage one work. Pedestrian access, along with access to residences and businesses, is maintained during construction as well.

In addition, crews are rehabilitating the Main Street bridge over Stony Creek, located just west of Markley Street. The contractor is currently rebuilding the southern-third of the bridge and refurbishing the field stone on the southern face of the span. Bridge construction is expected to finish next spring.

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Since work began last spring to rehabilitate the borough-owned bridge, workers have inserted a metal sleeve on the underside of the structure to reinforce the bridge’s stone arch; refurbished the bridge’s northern facing; and rebuilt the northern sidewalk and two-thirds of the roadway over the span.

PennDOT is investing $20.8 million to improve utilities and provide two through lanes, a center turn lane and recessed parking on both sides of Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway. The improvements being made under this project include the:

  • Reconstruction and widening of approximately 1.04 miles of Markley Street on existing alignment from Elm Street to Johnson Highway;
  • Widening of Johnson Highway and Swede Road at the intersection with Markley Street;
  • Minor widening and reconstruction on Johnson Highway from west of Markley Street to DeKalb Street;
  • Realignment of the intersection of Coolidge Boulevard as a signalized intersection with Brown Street;
  • Rehabilitation of the Main Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek;
  • Drainage improvements and installation of post-construction storm water management facilities;
  • Placement of new traffic signals at four intersections;
  • Installation of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) network elements;
  • Installation of new subsurface water, sewer and gas lines;
  • Construction of new concrete curbs, sidewalks, ADA curb ramps at intersections; and
  • Placement of new highway signs, lighting and landscape plantings.

The current project (Section 520) under construction is the first of two phases of PennDOT’s overall U.S. 202, Section 500 plan to rebuild and improve the entire length of Markley Street/U.S. 202 South in Norristown and complete a number of other road and intersection improvements along the corridor.

The improvement of Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway is  scheduled to finish in September 2016. Work on the second phase of Markley Street between Main and Elm streets is expected to start in 2015.

More information is available at www.us202-markleystreet.com.

Reconstruction Progressing between Elm Street and Harding Blvd

Stage 1 construction on the Markley Street/U.S. 202 South Improvement Project in Norristown, Montgomery County, heads into the summer months with substantial above ground utility relocations completed, subsurface utility work under way and rehabilitation of the north side of the Main Street bridge over Stony Creek progressing on schedule.

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Road construction crews are following the utility workers north, reconstructing Markley Street from Elm Street to Harding Boulevard/Spruce Street in the first of five stages of construction. PennDOT is investing $20.8 million to improve utilities and provide two through lanes, a center turn lane and recessed parking on both sides of Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway, complete minor improvements to Johnson Highway and rehabilitate the Main Street bridge.

Since construction began in early spring, utility contractors have been installing water, gas, and sewer lines under Markley Street, replacing existing mains and tying residential lines along Markley Street between Elm and Spruce streets. Above ground, new poles have been installed at the back edge of the right-of-way to carry aerial utilities along the corridor.

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In mid-June, northbound traffic was removed from Markley Street between Harding Boulevard and Roberts Street, detoured onto Route 202 North/DeKalb Street through neighboring Bridgport and Norristown and reconnecting with Route 202 south at Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township.

The detour will provide construction and utility crews more room to maneuver and operate equipment. With only a single lane of vehicles moving through the work zone, delays for southbound traffic will be limited during daytime construction that will at times require flagger-directed stoppages weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Upcoming Work
Stage 1 work on Markley Street this summer will proceed in three sub-stages within the four -block area north of Elm Street to north of Harding Boulevard. Road reconstruction in this area will start on the west side of Markley Street, then move to the middle and then to the east side as Stage 1 work progresses through late summer.

In each construction area, crews will excavate the existing road, install new storm water drainage facilities along with subsurface utilities, and then build the new roadway before moving on to the next section. Utility crews will work ahead of the road builders during each sub-stage.

Parking restrictions will be in place in work areas along Markley Street. A  parking area has been built at Markley Street and Harding Boulevard and will be available for use by residents who will lose on-street parking during Stage 1 work this summer. Pedestrian access, along with access to residences and businesses, will be maintained during construction as well.

On Main Street, where the bridge over Stony Creek just west of Markley Street is being rehabilitated, crews are rebuilding the pavement and sidewalk on the north side of the bridge. Structural repairs to the under side of the bridge’s stone arch also will be under way this summer.

Work on the bridge is being done in three stages. Three lanes of traffic — one lane westbound, two lanes eastbound — will be shifted from one side to the other as construction moves across the span. Work on this borough-owned structure is scheduled to finish in spring 2014.

The Markley Street/U.S. 202 South Improvement Project includes

  • Reconstruction and widening of approximately 1.04 miles of Markley Street on existing alignment from Elm Street to Johnson Highway;
  • Widening of Johnson Highway and Swede Road at the intersection with Markley Street;
  • Minor widening and reconstruction on Johnson Highway from west of Markley Street to DeKalb Street;
  • Realignment of the intersection of Coolidge Boulevard as a signalized intersection with Brown Street;
  • Rehabilitation of the Main Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek;
  • Drainage improvements and installation of post-construction storm water management facilities;
  • Placement of new traffic signals at four intersections;
  • Installation of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) network elements;
  • Installation of new subsurface water, sewer and gas lines;
  • Construction of new concrete curbs, sidewalks, ADA curb ramps at intersections; and
  • Placement of new highway signage and lighting and landscape plantings.

The current project (Section 520) is the first of two phases of PennDOT’s overall U.S. 202, Section 500 plan to rebuild and improve the entire length of Markley Street/U.S. 202 South in Norristown and complete a number of other road and intersection improvements along the corridor.

Work on Section 520 is scheduled to be completed in September 2016. Work on the second phase of the project, Section 510 improvements between Main and Elm streets, is expected to start in 2015.

More information is available at www.us202-markleystreet.com.