PennDOT Launches Website for Markley Street Improvement in Norristown

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