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September 4, 2015 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today reopened the newly rebuilt, mile-long section of Markley Street (US 202 South) to two-way traffic between Elm Street and Johnson Highway. PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards highlighted the early completion of the $20.8 million improvement project in Norristown and East Norriton Township, Montgomery County because construction was completed one year ahead of schedule.

“We are delighted to complete this major transportation improvement project well ahead of schedule and to reopen Markley Street to two-way traffic for travelers who depend upon this key north-south artery for access through Norristown,” said Richards.

The 80 percent federal, 20 percent state-funded project, which also included the rehabilitation of the historic Main Street Bridge over Stony Creek in Norristown, is the first phase of PennDOT’s two-phase plan to reconstruct and improve Markley Street.

“The new Markley Street will improve travel in Norristown with the addition of a center turn lane and new traffic signals, and the new sidewalks, curbs, utilities, landscaping, and ornamental street lights further enhance the street for the citizens who live and work along it,” Richards added.

Under the first phase of the Markley Street Improvement Project, 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.

PennDOT’s contractor 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.

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.

PennDOT’s contractor will plant additional trees along Markley Street during the fall planting season, starting in mid-October.

Additionally, the improvement project included the installation of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components, 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.

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.

For additional project information, visit www.us202-markleystreet.com.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway 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 770 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.

Motorists traveling on Markley Street in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County, will encounter daytime travel restrictions the next four weeks, beginning Monday, June 8, for milling and paving, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced today.

This resurfacing operation is one of the final stages of PennDOT’s $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street between Elm Street in Norristown Borough and Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township.

Beginning Monday, June 8, and continuing to the end of the month, drivers may encounter delays and periodic, flagger-controlled stoppages Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on and approaching Markley Street during the resurfacing operation.

In addition, temporary closures of streets intersecting Markley Street may be in place Mondays through Thursdays between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM along the 1.1 mile work zone. Milling and paving operations also may take place on Fridays if weather forces the cancellation of paving earlier in the week.

Markley Street is currently one-way southbound from Roberts Street to Harding Boulevard, but carries two-way traffic between Roberts Street and Johnson Highway, and between Elm Street and Harding Boulevard. Markley Street will be reopened to two-way traffic between Roberts Street and Harding Boulevard this fall once all of the new traffic signals and street lights are installed and trees are planted in the work area.

Motorists are advised to allow additional time when traveling on Markley Street during construction because slowdowns will occur.

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 reconstruct Markley Street from Main Street to Elm Street is in final design. Construction on the second phase is expected to start in 2016.

Work began in early 2013 on the project to rebuild Markley Street to provide one lane in each direction plus a center lane for left turns; construct recessed parking bays in residential areas and an off-street parking lot at the corner of Harding Boulevard and Markley Street; install trees and decorative street lights; upgrade traffic signals at a number of intersections; construct new curbs, curb-ramps and sidewalks; and install new gas, water and sanitary sewer utilities beneath Markley Street. The Main Street bridge over Stony Creek also was rehabilitated under the first phase of the Markley Street project.

For more information on the widening of U.S. 202, visit www.us202-markleystreet.com.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway 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 770 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/511Philly.

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.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway 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 770 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/511Philly.

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.

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

 

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.

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

Markley Street Traffic Pattern Shift for Next Stage of Improvement Project

A new traffic pattern starts Tuesday evening (July 1) for southbound travelers on Markley Street in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County, as construction progresses on a $20.8 million roadway improvement project, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today.

The single lane of southbound Markley Street traffic will be shifted over to the newly rebuilt west side of the street between Fornance Street and Harding Boulevard.

Following the traffic pattern shift, crews will excavate the old pavement and install a new water main on the east side between Fornance Street and Lincoln Avenue. The water main installation will be followed later this summer and fall by complete pavement and sidewalk reconstruction on the east side of Markley Street.

This traffic pattern change is associated with the next stage of construction on PennDOT’s project to rebuild and improve Markley Street between Elm Street in Norristown Borough and Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township.

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

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 Harding Boulevard in Norristown Borough.

In addition to the new construction starting on the east side of Markley Street, construction crews continue to rebuild the west side of the street between Fornance Street and Johnson Highway, where they are installing a new sewer main, reconstructing the pavement, building new sidewalks and curbs, installing new street lights, and creating recessed parking areas in front of residences.

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.

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. Construction is scheduled to finish in fall 2016.

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

Residents are advise to not park vehicles on an angle anywhere along the Markley Street work area, including the larger paved roadway work areas in front of homes.  All parking within the Markley Street corridor should be parallel to the curb.

Angled parking may cause fast moving water during heavy and sudden storms to hit the broad side of the vehicle’s tires and force water up over the curb and onto the sidewalk and grassy areas.

In addition, parallel parking will be necessary to provide enough room for the southbound travel lane when traffic is shifted to the west side of Markley Street during the week of June 30th for the start of reconstruction on the east side of Markley Street between Fornance Street and Harding Boulevard.

PennDOT thanks you for your cooperation.

 

 

The construction zone for the Markley Street/US 202 South improvement project in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County, is being extended north from Roberts Street to Johnson Highway, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today.

The work-zone extension is part of the third stage of PennDOT’s $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway.

Starting June 9, PennDOT’s contractor is shifting northbound and southbound Markley Street traffic to the east side of the street between Roberts Street and Johnson Highway to allow crews to install a new sanitary sewer line on the west side. The sewer installation will be followed by complete reconstruction of the pavement on the west side of Markley Street.

This new pattern, which will be in place through November, lengthens the work zone on the west side of Markley Street from Wood Street to Johnson Highway.

Markley Street is currently restricted to one-way southbound traffic from Roberts Street to Harding Boulevard, but carries two-way traffic in the commercial area between Roberts Street and Johnson Highway.

Crews are working to rebuild and repave the west side of Markley Street, build new sidewalks and install recessed parking areas in front of residences.

Motorists may encounter flagger-controlled, single-lane conditions in the two-way section of Markley Street on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and occasionally during weekend operations.

PennDOT began construction 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. The plan also included the recently completed 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. Construction is scheduled to finish in fall 2016.

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 2016.

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

Coolidge Boulevard at Markley Street, closed since June for reconstruction, has been reopened.

The intersection was rebuilt and realigned as a signalized intersection with Brown Street as part of the ongoing project to rebuild and improve Markley Street in the Borough of Norristown. The signal will be added at a later date.

King of Prussia – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced the launch of a new website,www.us202-MarkleyStreet.com, that provides travelers with information on the $20.8 million project under way to improve Markley Street/U.S. 202 South between Elm Street and Johnson Highway in Norristown Borough and East Norriton Township, Montgomery County.

“The Markley Street improvement project is a major undertaking to transform this key corridor into a smooth flowing, attractive street for the citizens and commuters in Norristown,” PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said. “The new project website is part of our effort to help citizens stay informed about the improvements being made and the work taking place to enhance Markley Street.”

The website contains project and construction information and updates; facts, maps and photographs; graphics illustrating Markley Street’s two construction sections; links to key transportation sites, such as PennDOT’s www.511PA.com traveler information system and SEPTA; and frequently asked questions. Through the website, citizens may also subscribe to receive project email updates and contact PennDOT with questions or concerns.

Construction 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. The plan also includes the rehabilitation of the nearby Main Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek. The $20,825,701 project is scheduled to finish in fall 2016.

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.

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.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to www.511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions on major highways before heading out.

Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPhilly. For more PennDOT information, visit www.dot.state.pa.us/district6 or call 610-205-6700.

Media contact: Gene Blaum, Assistant Press Secretary, 610-205-6800