U.S. 202 - 500

JOHNSON HIGHWAY TO MAIN STREET

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is moving forward with final design and construction to rebuild and improve Markley Street (U.S. Route 202 South) in Norristown and Johnson Highway in Norristown 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.

 

Visit the Markley Street website for up to date information Markley Street (U.S. 202 Section 500) Website

 

PennDOT will build the project in three 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 2017.

•  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.  The construction of Section 520 was completed and opened to traffic in September 2015.

•  Section 530 will provide a new connector road between Lafayette Street and Washington Street.  This part of the project is slated to start construction in spring 2018.

PennDOT and Norristown 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 Norristown to PennDOT.  This transfer of ownership occurred in November 2013, and the section of Markley Street between Airy Street and Johnson Highway became State Route 3020.

 
Section 510 - Main Street to Elm Street

 

The final design plans have been completed and final construction bid documents are being prepared for Section 510.  The design team has incorporated the following roadway, bridge, streetscape and pedestrian enhancements into the final plans.

•  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 Water Street and Barbadoes Street and perform minor widening to provide additional to improve traffic flow through the signalized intersection at Markley Street; add streetscape enhancements along Main Street between Barbadoes Street and Markley Street to match streetscape improvements recently made under Norristown’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 and signals; and

•  Replace existing traffic signals on Markley Street at the intersections of Main Street, Marshall Street and Elm Street.  Adaptive signal control technology will be installed throughout the Markley Street corridor to coordinate traffic signals and enhance traffic flow between Main Street and Johnson Highway.

 

Section 520 – Elm Street to Johnson Highway

Construction was completed for Section 520 in September 2015 which included the following improvements:

•  Reconstructed 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. These improvements were designed to fit within the existing roadway footprint, except where minor widening was required for parking bays. The plan included the realignment and signalization of Coolidge Boulevard to align with Brown Street to improve traffic flow and safety at the Markley Street intersection;

•  Built 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;

•  Replaced existing traffic signals on Markley Street at Harding Boulevard, Fornance Street and Johnson Highway, and installed a new signal on Markley Street at the intersection with Coolidge Boulevard and Brown Street; interconnection and coordination of traffic signals with fiber optic cable to enhance traffic flow along the corridor;

•  Rehabilitated the Main Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek and rebuilt the roadway approaches between Astor Street and Water Street; and

•  Improved Johnson Highway between Markley Street and DeKalb Street; by performing minor widening to provide additional turn lanes at the intersection of Markley Street; restriped Johnson Highway to provide a center lane for left turns and eliminated existing on-street parking spaces east of Pine Street.

 

Section 530 - Lafayette Street and Washington Street Connection

PennDOT’s design team is moving ahead with final engineering on this section of the project and is incorporating the following elements into the final design:

• The proposed connection between Lafayette Street and Washington Street will be located approximately one-hundred (100’) feet west of the intersection of Barbadoes Street and Lafayette Street.  The connector roadway, which will be approximately 250’ long, will become a Norristown Municipality public street.

• Relocating the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT); providing an ADA-compliant trail crossing of the connector road near Washington Street;

• Providing bicycle and ADA-compliant pedestrian connections from the SRT to the intersection of Lafayette and Barbadoes Streets; and

• Installing a retaining wall parallel to the connector road in order to lower the roadway while maintaining the adjacent parking lot grade. 

 

The SR 0202 Section 530 project will include the rehabilitation of the Airy Street bridge over Markley Street.

 

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