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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is moving forward with final design for the reconstruction and improvement of Markley Street in Norristown Borough and Johnson Highway in Norristown Borough and East Norriton Township. The plan to improve Markley Street, which is referred to as U.S. 202 Section 500, extends from just south of its intersection with Main Street to the intersection of Johnson Highway. Johnson Highway is slated for improvement between Markley Street and DeKalb Street.
PennDOT will build the project in two construction sections:
• Section 510 is the southern section that extends from just south of Main Street to Elm Street. This part of Markley Street is scheduled to move to construction in spring 2016.
• Section 520 is the northern part of Markley Street that runs from Elm Street to Johnson Highway, and includes Johnson Highway and the rehabilitation of the Main Street Bridge over Stony Creek. Section 520 is scheduled to start construction in spring 2013.
PennDOT and Norristown Borough have worked closely on this project since preliminary engineering began in late 2002, and this relationship formed the basis of the agreement to transfer the ownership and maintenance responsibility of Markley Street from the borough to PennDOT upon the start of each construction section.
Final engineering is moving ahead on both the northern and southern sections of Markley Street. The design team is currently incorporating the following roadway, bridge, streetscape and pedestrian enhancements into the final plans.
Section 510 - Main Street to Elm Street
• PennDOT will rebuild the existing four-lane section of Markley Street between Main Street and Marshall Street with minimal widening; replace two bridges over Stony Creek with a single bridge that accommodates two-way traffic; build a new sidewalk on the west side of Markley Street to link SEPTA train stations at Main Street and Elm Street;
• Reconstruct and widen Markley Street to provide one northbound lane, two southbound lanes and a center lane for left turns between Marshall Street and Elm Street; rehabilitate the Markley Street/Elm Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek, which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places;
• Improve Main Street between Astor Street and Barbadoes Street and perform minor widening to allow for two travel lanes in each direction to improve traffic flow through the signalized intersection at Markley Street; provide recessed parking between Barbadoes Street and Markley Street on the south side; add streetscape enhancements along Main Street between Barbadoes Street and Markley Street to match streetscape improvements recently made under Norristown Borough’s Main Street Streetscape Project;
• Upgrade the railroad grade crossings at Main Street and Marshall Street by coordinating with SEPTA to improve both crossings by installing new gates, signals and crossing surfaces; and
• Replace existing traffic signals on Markley Street at the intersections of Main Street, Marshall Street and Elm Street.
Section 520 – Elm Street to Johnson Highway
• Reconstruct Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway to provide one lane in each direction, with a center lane for left turns and recessed parking bays in residential areas. This redesigned section of Markley Street will fit within the existing roadway footprint, except where minor widening is required for parking bays. The plan includes the realignment and signalization of Coolidge Boulevard so it aligns with Brown Street to improve traffic flow and safety at the Markley Street intersection;
• Build a small off-street parking lot on the southwest corner of Harding Boulevard and Markley Street to compensate for the loss of on-street parking between Elm Street and James Street;
• Replace existing traffic signals on Markley Street at Harding Boulevard, Fornance Street and Johnson Highway, and install a new signal on Markley Street at the intersection with Coolidge Boulevard and Brown Street; interconnect and coordinate traffic signals with fiber optic cable to enhance traffic flow along the corridor;
• Rehabilitate the Main Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek and rebuild the roadway approaches between Astor Street and Water Street; and
• Improve Johnson Highway between Markley Street and DeKalb Street; perform minor widening to provide additional turn lanes at the intersection of Markley Street; restripe Johnson Highway to provide a center lane for left turns and eliminate existing on-street parking spaces east of Pine Street.
Markley Street will be restricted to one-way southbound traffic between Harding Boulevard and Roberts Street during construction of Section 520. Northbound travelers will be detoured onto DeKalb Street. PennDOT will modify the timing of traffic signals along DeKalb Street to enhance traffic flow during the partial closure of Markley Street.
Pre-final design activities on US 202 Section 500, commonly referred to as the Markley Street Improvement Project, were substantially completed in December 2008. Environmental clearance on the project was obtained from the Federal Highway Administration in December 2007.
Markley Street Improvement Project Newsletter - Summer 2011