The construction zone for the Markley Street/U.S. 202 South improvement project in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County, is being extended north from Roberts Street to Johnson Highway.

The work-zone extension is part of the third stage of PennDOT’s $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway.

Starting today, PennDOT’s contractor is shifting northbound and southbound Markley Street traffic to the east side of the street between Roberts Street and Johnson Highway to allow crews to install a new sanitary sewer line on the west side. The sewer installation will be followed by complete reconstruction of the pavement on the west side of Markley Street.

This new pattern, which will be in place through November, lengthens the work zone on the west side of Markley Street from Wood Street to Johnson Highway.

Markley Street is currently restricted to one-way southbound traffic from Roberts Street to Harding Boulevard, but carries two-way traffic in the commercial area between Roberts Street and Johnson Highway.

Crews are working to rebuild and repave the west side of Markley Street, build new sidewalks and install recessed parking areas in front of residences.

Motorists may encounter flagger-controlled, single-lane conditions in the two-way section of Markley Street on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and occasionally during weekend operations.

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 included the recently completed 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. Construction is scheduled to finish in fall 2016.

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 2016.

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

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updated 6/4/13

As part of a $20.8 million roadway improvement project, a section of Markley Street in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County, will be closed to northbound traffic for approximately three years beginning Monday, June 17.

PennDOT is currently rebuilding 1.1 miles of Markley Street as part of its two-phase program to improve and beautify the entire length of the street in Norristown.

Beginning June 17, Markley Street will be closed to northbound traffic between Harding Boulevard and Roberts Street, a distance of approximately seven-tenths of a mile.

A posted detour will divert northbound traffic heading toward Markley Street over U.S. Route 202 North/DeKalb Street in Bridgeport and Norristown up to Johnson Highway at the northern end of the borough.

Markley Street will remain open to one lane of southbound travel through the entire work zone, which runs from Johnson Highway to Harding Boulevard.  However, southbound drivers may encounter periodic stoppages on Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the remainder of the three-year project.

Markley Street will remain open to northbound and southbound traffic between Main Street and Harding Boulevard at the southern end of the project, and between Roberts Street and Johnson Highway at the northern end.

The Dannehower Bridge, which carries two lanes of northbound and southbound traffic over the Schuylkill River between Norristown and Upper Merion Township, will remain open to motorists traveling to and from Norristown.

SEPTA’s northbound Route 90 bus that normally traverses Markley Street will be detoured over Logan Street and Harding Boulevard beginning in early June.

The Markley Street detour, originally expected to start in late summer, will be put in place approximately two months early to expedite the replacement of water, sewer and gas lines and other subsurface utilities in advance of roadway reconstruction activities.

PennDOT’s contractor is currently rebuilding Markley Street between Elm Street and Harding Boulevard, and rehabilitating the Main Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek just west of Markley Street. 

Construction began in February 2013 on the $20,825,701 project that includes rebuilding Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway; improving a half-mile stretch of Johnson Highway between Markley Street and DeKalb Street; and rehabilitating the Main Street bridge over Stony Creek. The work is scheduled to finish in fall 2016.