Utility Relocation Work Markley St.

March 1, 2013

Utility Relocation Work Starts Next Week on Markley Street in Norristown

King of Prussia – Utility relocation operations are scheduled to begin next week on Markley Street in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County, as part of a $20.8 million roadway improvement project, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today.

Construction started last month to rebuild and 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 includes the rehabilitation of the nearby Main Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek. Construction is scheduled to finish in fall 2016.

Utility crews will work on Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through late May. The operation to remove and relocate utility poles and lines will result in intermittent lane closures and traffic stoppages, plus possible short-term parking restrictions. Motorists are advised to allow additional time for travel on Markley Street during construction.

PennDOT’s contractor plans to begin the first phase of road construction on Markley Street between Elm Street and Harding Boulevard in April.

The Markley Street improvements consist of rebuilding the road 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 is the first of two contracts 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.

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

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