Overview

Markley Street/U.S. 202 South Improvement Project

Engineering details for the second part of the Markley Street/U.S. 202 South Improvement Project (Section 510) are still in development and will be posted when available.

PennDOT’s project to improve Markley Sreet/U.S. 202 South in Norristown, Montgomery County, is being done in two phases, or parts. Work began on the initial project, Section 520, in February 2013 and finished in September 2015, a year ahead of its original schedule. Section 520 improved Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway. The second and final part, Section 520, is scheduled to go to construction in early 2017. This two-year project will improve almost a mile of Markley Street, from Main Street at the foot of the Dannehower Bridge to Elm Street, the southern limit of Section 520 improvements.


Details of Section 510 (2017-2019)

On Markley Street/U.S. 202 South – From Main Street to Elm Street

Roadway Improvements

  • Rebuild the four-lane section of Markley Street between Main Street and Marshall Street with minimal widening;
  • Reconstruct and widen Markley Street to provide one northbound lane, two southbound lanes and a center turn lane between Marshall Street and Elm Street;
  • Replace the two bridges over Stony Creek with a single bridge that will accommodate two-way traffic;
  • Build a new sidewalk on the west side of Markley Street to link SEPTA train stations at Main Street and Elm Street;
  • Rehabilitate the Markley Street/Elm Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek Street, which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places;
  • Install new decorative street lights along Markley Street from Main Street to Elm Street;
  • Improve Main Street between Water Street and Barbadoes Street to improve traffic flow through the signalized intersection at Markley Street, adding streetscape enhancements along Main Street between Barbadoes Street and Markley Street;
  • Upgrade the railroad crossings at Main Street and Marshall Street;
  • Replace existing traffic signals on Markley Street at Main Street, Marshall Street;and Elm Street;
  • Install Adaptive Signal Control technology across the Markley Street Corridor, from Main Street to Johnson Highway, to coordinate traffic signals and enhance traffic flow.

Pedestrian Improvements
PennDOT will build new curb ramps at all intersections to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. All signalized intersections also will include ADA compliant push-buttons, pedestrian countdown signals and continental crosswalks to enhance pedestrian safety.

Maintenance & Protection of Traffic During Construction
A one-way detour again will be implemented on Markley Street between Main Street and Elm Street to provide sufficient space for construction crews to work safely and to minimize the number of construction stages. Markley Street will remain open to southbound traffic; however, northbound travelers will be detoured onto DeKalb Street.  Markley Street will remain open to two-way traffic between Elm Street and Johnson Highway.

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
PennDOT will install Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components, including closed circuit highway cameras, travel time readers and a dynamic message sign at key intersections along the U.S. 202 corridor from Norristown to Lower Gynedd Township.  The ITS elements will be used to monitor traffic flow and provide travel information to motorists.


 

Details of Section 520 (2013-2015)

On Markley Street/U.S. 202 South – From Elm Street to Johnson Highway

  • Rebuild Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway to provide one lane in each direction with a center lane for left turns.
  • Install recessed parking bays in residential areas.
  • Realign Coolidge Boulevard to line up with Brown Street and install a new traffic signal at the realigned intersection.
  • Build a small off-street parking lot on the southwest corner of Harding Boulevard and Markley Street to compensate for the loss of on-street parking between Elm Street and James Street.
  • Replace existing traffic signals on Markley Street intersections at Harding Boulevard, Fornance Street and Johnson Highway. Signals will utilize “adaptive” signal control technology to coordinate traffic signals and enhance traffic flow.
  • Utilize fiber optic cable to interconnect and coordinate all of the signalized intersections for improved traffic flow.
  • Plant trees and install decorative pedestrian street lights on between Elm and Roberts streets to enhance the corridor.
  • Construct new curb ramps at all intersections to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.
  • Install ADA-compliant pushbuttons, pedestrian countdown signals and continental crosswalks to enhance pedestrian safety at all signalized intersections.
  • Install Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components — CCTV cameras, dynamic message signs, travel time readers, etc. — at key intersections and along the posted detour route.

On Main Street – From Pearl Street to Water Street

  • Rehabilitate the Main Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek.
  • Rebuild the roadway approaches to the bridge between Pearl and Water streets.

On Johnson Highway – From Markley Street to DeKalb Street/U.S. 202

  • Widen to provide room for additional turn lanes at the Markley Street intersection.
  • Re-stripe to create a center lane for left turns.
  • Eliminate on-street parking east of Pine Street.

 

Section 520 Facts

Construction Contract: $20.8 million
General Contractor: J.D. Eckman, Atglen (Chester County), PA
Construction Management: Urban Engineers, Philadelphia
Funding: 80% Federal, 20% State
Construction Start: Feb. 11, 2013
Construction Completion: 2016
Project Length (Markley Street): 1.1 mile

 

Details of Section 510 (2015/16 to 2018)

On Markley Street – From Main Street to Elm Street

  • Rebuild the four-lane section between Main Street and Marshall Street with minimal widening.
  • Replace the two existing bridges over Stony Creek (separate northbound and southbound spans) with a single bridge to accommodate two-way traffic.
  • Construct a new sidewalk on the west side of Markley Street to link SEPTA train stations at Main Street and at Elm Street.
  • Reconstruct and widen Markley Street to provide one northbound lane, two southbound lanes and a center turn lane between Marshall Street and Elm Street.
  • Rehabilitate the historic stone arch bridge over Stony Creek near Elm Street.

On Main Street – From Water Street to Barbadoes Street

  • Improve Main Street to provide two travel lanes in each direction to improve traffic flow through the signalized intersection at Markley Street.
  • Add street scape enhancements (decorative street lights, trees, etc.) along Main Street between Barbadoes and Markley streets.
  • Upgrade the railroad grade crossings at Main Street and at Marshall Street by installing new gates, signals and crossing surfaces in coordination with SEPTA.
  • Replace existing traffic signals on Markley Street intersections at Main Street, Marshall Street and Elm Street. Signals will utilize “adaptive” signal control technology to coordinate traffic signals and enhance traffic flow.

 

Section 510 Facts

Construction Management: Urban Engineers, Philadelphia
Funding: 80% Federal, 20% State
Construction Start: 2015 or 2016
Construction Completion: Fall 2018
Project Length (Markley Street): 0.6 mile