Millions are being invested in our transportation infrastructure spurring economic development and job opportunities like never before.
Lafayette Street Corridor Extension
Lafayette Street Extension Project is a $95 million project that will spur economic redevelopment in Norristown and the surrounding areas. The Lafayette Street Extension Project will directly connect Norristown to the highway network, making it quicker and easier for people to enter the downtown and Schuykill riverfront. As part of the project, the new turnpike interchange at Lafayette Street is estimated to bring an additional 5,900 to 8,000 trips to the Turnpike per day. The final phase of construction is fully funded with a start date of summer 2017.
To reinvigorate their employment centers, many local municipalities are looking at future land uses and development for their office parks, and the turnpike commission is examining how to increase revenue and make its system more effective. The turnpike corridor reinvestment project pulls these different efforts into a coordinated plan of action for local municipalities, the county, PennDOT, and the turnpike commission.
Lafayette / Ridge Interchange
On January 7, 2015, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission voted to fund a fully electronic toll interchange on the turnpike (Interstate 276) to connect directly to the Lafayette Street Extension in Plymouth Township. For more information, read the full PA Turnpike Commission press release (PDF).
U.S. 202 Improvements - Section 520 - Markley Street Reconstruction
PennDOT’s project to improve Markley Sreet /U.S. 202 South in Norristown, Montgomery County, is being done in two phases, or parts. Work began on the initial project, Section 520, in February 2013 and finished in September 2015, a year ahead of its original schedule. Section 520 improved Markley Street between Elm Street and Johnson Highway. The second and final part, Section 520, is currently under construction. 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 Section 520 improvements.
Dekalb Street Feasibility Study
The Norristown Municipal Council has endoresed a plan to make Dekalb Street (Route 202 North, currently one way north) two-way to improve connections to downtown from the north. Review the full Dekalb Street Two-Way Feasibiliity Study (PDF).