PennDOT’s project to improve Markley Sreet/U.S. 202 has been completed. Work began on the initial project in February 2013 and finished in September 2015, a year ahead of its original schedule. This two-year project will improve almost a mile of Markley Street, from Main Street at the foot of the Dannehower Bridge to Elm Street, the southern limit of the project. Included in this project is:
- Rebuild the four-lane section of Markley Street between Main Street and Marshall Street with minimal widening;
- Reconstruct and widen Markley Street to provide one northbound lane, two southbound lanes and a center turn lane between Marshall Street and Elm Street;
- Replace the two bridges over Stony Creek with a single bridge that will accommodate 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;
- Rehabilitate the Markley Street/Elm Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek Street, which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places;
- Install new decorative street lights along Markley Street from Main Street to Elm Street;
- Improve Main Street between Water Street and Barbadoes Street to improve traffic flow through the signalized intersection at Markley Street, adding streetscape enhancements along Main Street between Barbadoes Street and Markley Street;
- Upgrade the railroad crossings at Main Street and Marshall Street;
- Replace existing traffic signals on Markley Street at Main Street, Marshall Street and Elm Street;
- Install Adaptive Signal Control technology across the Markley Street Corridor, from Main Street to Johnson Highway, to coordinate traffic signals and enhance traffic flow.
The improvement along the perimeter of Norristown Centre is a welcome addition to the Centre and will assist in the movement of traffic in and around the property.
The redevelopment plan for the Centre includes the demolition of over 100,000 square feet of antiquated office and retail space. Replacing the demolished space will be a series of pad sites with the ability to offer tenants with a wide array of primary uses. Current uses for the pad sites include a gas and convenience store, a pharmacy, and a retail pad for a combination of smaller tenancy.