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Construction on Markley Street Improvement Project to Begin Monday

PennDOT crews will begin removing trees from along Markley Street starting on Monday to prepare for utility pole placement.

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.

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

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teresa February 07, 2013 at 04:41 PM
I'm glad its finally getting done. But going to be nothing but headaches. Especially for me getting me my son to and from Eisenhower.
Scott d February 07, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Good I hope you fix the side of Johnson highway that pen dot side is on it's sad that there more craters and pot holes there then there is on the moon and pen dot looks at them every day and can't step out of there building to fix them
Danielle Simons February 07, 2013 at 05:44 PM
I agree
Mohandus Frieri February 07, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Only in Norristown do they improve it by taking down trees and putting up utility poles. Norristown, the town that hates itself.
Feodor Tiorlenko February 07, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Yes, I hear they are hiring people to take trash out of receptacles and spread it around the streets to improve things.
sharon moyer February 08, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Mohandus, Your comment is wrong! Lansdale,North Wales and other towns have already done this,Norristown is doing the RIGHT thing,Tree's have root's that grow under ground that causes damage to underground pipes and road surface,poles don't ! And how can a town hate itself ? It's the people not the town!!!
Sally19401 February 08, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Mohandus - this is Penn Dot - the state doing the work. We can plant trees again later.
T. J. Molinaro February 08, 2013 at 06:26 PM
I'm concerned about getting into and out of the zoo there. I hope detour signs to the zoo are installed. The zoo is the gem of Norristown...it would be a shame if people can't get there.
Lindsay M. February 08, 2013 at 08:13 PM
That side of Johnson Highway is East Norriton, so it is not included in this project.
Feodor Tiorlenko February 11, 2013 at 02:53 PM
They're going to improve the zoo by letting the animals out.

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