Saturday, May 4, 2013
PennDOT reminds drivers to share the road.
Saturday, May 4
With the increasing popularity of motorcycling in Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Corbett has signed a proclamation commemorating May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Motorcycle safety was emphasized with Corbett's signing of Act 84 of 2012, which requires motorcycle permit holders under 18 years of age to take and successfully complete the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program's (PAMSP) Basic Rider Course (BRC) in order to receive their license.
Friday, May 3, 2013
PennDOT launched the site to provide residents and commuters up-to-date info on the ongoing construction project.
According to a release from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), a new website, www.us202-markleystreet.com, is now live and will provide Norristown residents and commuters with information on the Markley Street Improvement Project. "The Markley Street improvement project is a major undertaking to transform this key corridor into a smooth flowing, attractive street for the citizens and commuters in Norristown," PennDOT District Executive Lester C. Toaso said, according to the release. "The new project website is part of our effort to help citizens stay informed about the improvements being made and the work taking place to enhanceMarkley Street." The website contains: Through the website, citizens may also subscribe to …
Friday, April 26, 2013
PennDOT advises finding an alternate route through Norristown while crews install underground pipes under Markley.
According to PennDOT, Markley Street will be reduced to one lane between Elm Street and Harding Boulevard on Saturday, April 27, while work crews install an underground drainage pipe 15 feet under the street. Flaggers will be directing traffic in both directions starting at 7 a.m. and continuing through to 7 p.m. Drivers can expect back-ups and delays on Markley and connecting roadways during that time. The pipe installation is part of stage one construction on the $20.8 million Markley Street Improvement Project that began in February 2013. The project aims 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. Construction is …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
PennDOT will begin construction on the stone arch bridge over Stony Creek starting Monday, April 22.
The next stage in the Markley Street Improvement Project starts Monday, April 22, when PennDOT begins restoration of the Main Street Bridge, the historic stone arch bridge between Main and Astor streets spanning Stony Creek in Norristown. The 40-foot long, 83-foot wide stone bridge was originally constructed in 1854. According to PennDOT, contractors will work through the year to preserve the historic bridge by "strengthening the stone arch structure from the inside." Workers will: Starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 22 (weather dependent), traffic patterns will be adjusted between Markley and Astor streets and travelers will be directed through the work zone by flaggers. Traffic pattern changes include: The Main Street bridge’s new three-…
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Reports says PA law changes made in 2012 are helping.
Sunday, April 7
While accidents are up, changes to the state's driving laws seem to be improving the loss of teens' lives with stricter rules about passenger limitations and expanded training hours for teen drivers. "While overall highway deaths increased in Pennsylvania last year, teen driver fatalities decreased during what was the first full year of a tougher state law," said an article in the Times Herald. According to the article, Pennsylvania’s 16- and 17-year-old driver fatalities "dropped to 44 last year, 22 fewer than in 2011, according to crash data released by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation." In Montgomery County, 44 people died in crashes last year. There were 8,397 crashes reported in Montgomery County during 2012, according …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Year-old texting-while-driving ban nets Pa. over 1,300 tickets.
It's only been a year, but 111 people in Montgomery County have already felt the burn. On March 8, 2012, the new Pennsylvania law took effect – no longer could drivers in the Commonwealth text and drive. In the year since, over 1,300 tickets have been issued to drivers in the state, according to the AAA Mid-Atlantic. Of those tickets, 40 percent were issued in the Greater Philadelphia area. Where did Montgomery County stack up? Area residents netted their fair share of offenses. In the last 365 days, 111 tickets were issued to Montco drivers for texting while driving. According to Philly.com, AAA spokespersons think the higher local average has most to due with volume. "The high percent of citations issued in Philadelphia and its suburbs …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Crews will be working to remove and relocate utility poles and lines between Elm Street and Johnson Highway.
Construction work on Markley Street continues on Monday as crews remove and relocate utility poles and lines between Elm Street and Johnson Highway. According to PennDOT, utility crews will be working between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through May and drivers should expect lane closures and delays when traveling on Markley Street during those times. Residents should also expect parking restrictions. The work is part of the Markley Street Improvement Project, $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street between Main Street and Johnson Highway, as well as a half-mile stretch of Johnson Highway between Markley and DeKalb streets. According to PennDOT, the entire project involves rebuilding Markley Street to include a center lane for …
Monday, February 11, 2013
PennDOT will begin the first phase of the Markley Street Improvement Project by removing trees from along the road side on Monday.
Starting today, work crews will begin removing trees from along Markley Street as the first step in the Markley Street Improvement Project. The trees are being removed to make way for relocating utility polls along the street. Crews will reportedly be working from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the next two weeks on this phase of the project. Some parking restrictions will be in effect while this work is being done and some lane closures and traffic stoppages may also occur. The initial $20.8 million project will include rebuilding and improving 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 also includes the rehabilitation of the nearby Main…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
PennDOT crews will begin removing trees from along Markley Street starting on Monday to prepare for utility pole placement.
Thursday, February 7
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. …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A new PennDOT database helps police, fire, and EMS workers reach your loved ones when you can't.
Thursday, January 31
A new PennDOT website allows Pa. drivers to provide emergency contact information for a family member or friend in the event that they are incapacitated or unable to communicate with emergency responders. To log in to the site, drivers need to enter their Pa. driver license number, their date of birth, and the last four digits of their Social Security number. Once entered by the driver license holder, the information resides in an online database that is only accessible to law enforcement and other emergency personnel. In the event of a crash or other emergency, those personnel can retrieve the emergency contact information for a person designated by the driver's license holder.