March 20, 2013
Markley Street Traffic Pattern Shift Planned in Norristown
As part of the $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County, northbound and southbound travel lanes will be moved to the east side of the street between Elm Street and Harding Boulevard starting Tuesday (March 26), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today.
The new traffic pattern on Markley Street will be in place through late June while crews reconstruct this part of the deteriorated street and relocate underground utility lines. Markley Street will be reduced to one lane weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and motorists should allow additional time for travel through the construction area.
In addition, utility crews will continue to work weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to relocate utility poles and aerial utility lines along Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway. Motorists can expect to face intermittent lane closures and traffic stoppages, plus possible short-term parking restrictions during this operation, which is expected to be completed in late May.
Construction began in February 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. Construction is scheduled to finish in fall 2016.
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.
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 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.
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