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Utility Work Continues on Markley Street for Bridge Rehabilitation Project in Norristown

02/09/2024

King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that utility work continues on a $7.8 million project to rehabilitate the Markley Street/Elm Street stone arch bridge over Stony Creek in Norristown, Montgomery County, to ensure a safe and efficient crossing for the traveling public.

Motorists are advised of the following travel restriction:

Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area because backups and delays may occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.

Under this project, PennDOT's contractor is rehabilitating the 123-foot-wide structure by replacing the existing stone barriers with concrete core barriers, while using the bridge's salvaged stone for the facing. Other improvements include repairing the stone masonry and arch; repointing mortar joints; installing scour protection; removing soil cover and backfilling with lightweight concrete fill; and installing a brown painted guiderail on the Markley Street approaches.

To enhance pedestrian safety and traffic flow, Markley Street will be reconstructed and widened at the bridge approaches and pavement adjustments will enhance the locally owned Elm Street. In addition, upgraded traffic signals, ADA curb ramps, pavement markings, and new signage will be installed.

J. D. Eckman, Inc. of Atglen, Chester County is the general contractor on this project, which is financed with 100 percent state funds.

Built in 1878, and carrying approximately 24,993 vehicles a day, the Markley Street/ Elm Street bridge is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Rehabilitation of the structure will be conducted in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and the PennDOT Stone Arch Bridge Maintenance Manual.

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Contact: Robyn Briggs, robbriggs@pa.gov

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