Construction for the Osterhout Bypass along Osterhout Street (state Route 1014) is scheduled to begin in April 2012.
The Osterhout Bypass is designed to steer heavy truck traffic off of Main Street in downtown Ridgway.
“The homes have received an assessment and some, I believe, have received their payment from PennDOT,” said Main Street Manager Michelle Bogacki during Tuesday's Ridgway Township Supervisors meeting. “They will be leaving their homes and then they will be demolished.”
According to Bogacki, the demolition of the buildings will start along the eastern side of the street [Fox's Pizza].
The demolition of the homes is estimated to cost $2 million less than the excavation of the hillside, and the removal of the materials from the demolition of the homes would be half the cost of hauling away the fill from the hillside.
Due to funding issues, the project has been held back on PennDOT's schedule multiple times.