The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is taking a significant step on the decades-old plan to upgrade Route 28 between the North Side and Millvale.
It has hired a firm to demolish and remove two of the remaining old and often unoccupied buildings sitting along the busy four-lane road at the foot of Troy Hill.
As a result, the southbound right lane of Route 28 will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. PennDOT had previously announced the work would be done this week, but the needed traffic signs weren't available.
PennDOT said this is one of several demolition contracts being awarded in advance of construction covering about three miles between the Heinz Plant and 40th Street Bridge. As additional properties are purchased, they'll be scheduled for removal.
PennDOT said advancing demolition of blighted properties prior to the the larger projects will improve aesthetics and safety through the Route 28/East Ohio Street corridor, a primary route between Pittsburgh and the Alle-Kiski Valley and northeastern suburbs.