By Jim Melwert

By Jim Melwert

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — A one-mile stretch of a road in Norristown that connects King of Prussia to Montgomeryville is re-opened to two-way traffic – one year ahead of schedule.

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Markley Street carries 202-south through Norristown, connecting Montgomeryville and King of Prussia, but northbound traffic has been closed for two years part of a $20.8 million improvement project.

The road re-opened Friday one year early, with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by PennDOT secretary Leslie Richards, who says it will improve travel with the addition of center turn lanes, new traffic signals and new roadway infrastructure.

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“In addition, new sidewalks, curbs, utilities, landscaping, and ornamental street lights serve to further enhance Markley Street and benefit the citizens who live, work, and walk along this main corridor.”

Richards says the contractor will return to put in additional trees during the fall planting season.

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This is the end of phase one of improvements to Markley Street. Phase two is in the works, expected to start in 2017. It will go from Elm Street to south of Main Street.