Construction Update: Winter 2015
Work to Improve East Side of Markley Street Continues as Reconstruction Finishes on West Side
Following the completion of work to reconstruct and improve the west side of Markley Street (U.S. Route 202 South), crews are now focused on rebuilding the east side of the roadway under PennDOT’s $20.8 million project in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County.
PennDOT is improving 1.1 miles of Markley Street from Elm Street to Johnson Highway by rebuilding the road to provide one lane in each direction plus a center lane for left turns. The improvement plan also includes 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; and installing new curb ramps. Various utilities are being installed or relocated, including new gas, water and sanitary sewers beneath Markley Street.
The final stretch of work on the west side — between Roberts Street and Johnson Highway — was completed in November. The middle section of Markley Street at this northern end of the project area was then rebuilt in December. When finished in mid-month, work immediately shifted to the east side, where utility crews are completing electrical line upgrades in advance of the road reconstruction. The road crews have been working from south to north beginning at Harding Boulevard to excavate the old pavement, install storm sewers, reconstruct the road, improve intersections and install recessed parking slots and curb and sidewalks along the east side.
Construction activities will continue on the east side of Markley Street through the winter as conditions permit.
Widening to add turn lanes continues at the intersection of Markley Street/Swede Road and Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township. The final pavement layer — the wearing course — will be paved at the intersection and along the entire Markley Street project area as one of the final work items later in 2015.
Crews last summer began Stage 4 construction on the east side of Markley Street between Lincoln Avenue and Roberts Street. Rehabilitation of the Main Street Bridge over Stony Creek also wrapped-up in the early summer.
Traffic signals also are being installed at several intersections along Markley Street, including new signals at Coolidge Boulevard/W. Brown Street, and at W. Roberts Street. Decorative street lighting poles and fixtures also are being erected as rebuilding is completed along the entire project area. New trees will be planted along Markley during the final stage of the project.
Additionally, a number of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components have been installed and are now operating, including Bluetooth readers, traffic cameras and a Digital Message Sign (DMS) on DeKalb Street at the Route 202 split in neighboring Bridgeport.
This major transportation improvement project, financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds, is the first of two state contracts to improve the Markley Street Corridor in Norristown. A second project to rebuild and improve Markley Street from Main Street to Elm Street is presently in engineering design and slated to go to construction in 2016.
Since construction began in early 2013, PennDOT’s contractor has completely rebuilt Markley Street between Elm Street and Harding Boulevard on the west side and between Elm Street and Lincoln Avenue on the east. New pavement, new curbs and sidewalks and new utilities also are in place on the west side of Markley Street.
J.D. Eckman of Atglen, Chester County, is the general contractor on the $20,825,701 project.
For more information on the Markley Street improvement project, visit www.us202-markleystreet.com.
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