Bridge, MSE Wall Construction To Affect U.S. 23 Traffic
Ohio-140, 335 restrictions remain in place
Chillicothe (Tuesday, June 21, 2016) – As construction throughout the new state Route 823 corridor in Scioto County continues to move forward at a rapid pace, several area routes are being affected, including U.S. Route 23 where additional restrictions will go into effect next week.
On Monday, June 27, U.S. 23 North will be reduced to one, 12-foot lane in the northbound direction between S.R. 728 and County Road 55 (Fairground Road). The restriction will continue through early August while crews from the Portsmouth Joint Venture set foundations for MSE wall and bridge construction at the site of the future interchange.
Although northbound U.S. 23 will be reduced to one lane, southbound U.S. 23 should not be affected by this restriction; however, motorists need to use additional caution in either direction, where crews and heavy equipment are moving in and out of the work zone.
In addition to the U.S. 23 and other local road restrictions along the corridor, S.R. 140 and S.R. 335 are restricted at various locations for bridge and MSE wall construction.
On S.R. 140, traffic is being maintained in one, 11-foot lane between Gallia Street and Shela Boulevard in Sciotodale, and S.R. 335 is reduced to one lane between C.R. 31 (Swauger Valley Road) and Shepherd Avenue in Highland Bend and at C.R. 540 (Barklow Road), adjacent to the Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport. These restrictions will be in place through the summer, and traffic will be controlled by temporary signals.
In the spirit of a public-private partnership, the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Portsmouth Gateway Group are constructing the new state Route 823, a 16-mile, four-lane, limited access highway from U.S. 23 at Lucasville to U.S. 52 at Sciotoville in Scioto County. The Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway is the department’s first P3 project and the largest, modern earthwork project to be constructed in the state’s history.
For more information, please contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-740-774-8834, direct line or outside Ohio
1-888-819-8501, ext. 7748834, toll free in Ohio