Markley Street Paving to Result in Slowdowns

Motorists using Markley Street/U.S. 202 South in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County, will encounter slowdowns on Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 30-31) for paving between Elm Street and Harding Boulevard, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today.

This resurfacing operation will complete the first stage of PennDOT’s $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway.

On Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 30-31), Markley Street will be reduced to a single lane with flaggers directing an alternating lane of northbound and southbound traffic through the paving area each day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Markley Street is currently one-way southbound from Johnson Highway to Harding Boulevard, but carries two-way traffic between Harding Boulevard and Elm Street.

Motorists should expect delays and allow additional time for travel through the construction zone or avoid the area if possible during this operation, which is weather permitting. Traffic approaching Markley Street from Harding Boulevard also will experience delays during this operation.

Following the completion of paving between Elm Street and Harding Boulevard, crews will move north to begin rebuilding the east side of Markley Street between Harding Boulevard/Spruce Street and Lincoln Avenue. This operation starts the second stage of the five-stage project that is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

In addition, utility work continues weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to install gas, water, sewer, electric lines along Markley Street between Harding Boulevard and Johnson Highway in advance of crews reconstructing the roadway. This work results in brief traffic stoppages, plus short-term parking restrictions.

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 includes the 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.

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.

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

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.