According to a release issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), work on the Markley Street Improvement Project is scheduled to being this Monday, Feb. 11. The project consists of two construction contracts to improve Markley Street from just south of Main Street to Johnson Highway in Norristown.
[Download an overview of the project and a timeline for construction in our PDF section.]
According to PennDOT, the initial $20.8 million project will 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 and DeKalb streets. The plan includes the rehabilitation of the nearby Main Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek. Construction is scheduled to finish in fall 2016.
The improvements to be made on Markley Street consist of rebuilding the roadway 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 to enhance the corridor; 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.
A second project to improve Markley Street from Main Street to Elm Street is presently in engineering design. Construction is scheduled to start in spring 2015.
Starting on Feb. 11 and lasting for approximately two weeks, crews will work weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to remove trees from alongside Markley Street to make way for the relocation of utility poles. This work may result in intermittent lane closures and traffic stoppages between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Short-term parking restrictions will also be in effect during this phase of the project.
PennDOT’s contractor, Chester County-based J.D. Eckman of Atglen, will rebuild Markley Street in short stretches to maximize on-street parking in non-work zones. Pedestrian access also will be maintained on at least one side of Markley Street at all times.
Following the completion of this initial operation and the relocation of utility poles, PennDOT’s contractor plans to begin the first phase of construction between Elm Street and Harding Boulevard in March.
The $20,825,701 project is being financed with 80% federal and 20%state funds.
PennDOT Holding Public Meeting for Markley Street Improvement Project
Residents Turn Out to Hear Plans for Markley Street Improvement Project