Ceremony Kicks Off Construction of
Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway
Portsmouth (Wednesday, June 24, 2015) – After many years in the making, construction of the long-awaited state Route 823 in Scioto County is under way, and today state and local officials joined together to celebrate the start of this milestone project for not only the county, but also the state.
“This project is so much more than a construction project and it’s much more than the completion of a highway. It’s opportunity,” said Lt. Governor Mary Taylor. “This project represents opportunities for our community, opportunities for our families and an opportunity to strengthen this region.”
Taylor was joined today by ODOT Chief of Staff Matthew McAuliffe and state and local officials, as well as representatives from the Portsmouth Gateway Group, for a ceremonial groundbreaking to kick off the start of construction of the department’s largest earthwork project and the first Public-Private Partnership (P3) by ODOT.
“After many hurdles, hard work and persistence, construction of the long-overdue Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway is set to begin and we are making history here in Scioto County,” said McAuliffe. “Not only is this is the first time in Ohio’s history ODOT has used a public-private partnership to construct a highway project, but it is also the department’s single, largest modern earthwork project to date.”
In 2011, the 129th Ohio General Assembly, led by Governor John Kasich, gave ODOT the authority to seek funding mechanisms through the private sector for projects that might otherwise not be funded. By securing a P3, the entire project can be constructed all at once rather than in phases, as originally scheduled, which, in turn, will accelerate project delivery by at least eight years.
Renamed the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway by the Ohio Legislature, the new route will be a 16-mile, four-lane limited access highway from U.S. 23 north of Lucasville to U.S. 52 near Sciotoville. And under a performance-based contract, the design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM) project delivery will be the first public-partnership (P3) of its kind endeavored by ODOT.
ODOT awarded a contract last fall to the Portsmouth Gateway Group for development of the project, and completion of the new roadway is targeted for December 2018.
The Portsmouth Gateway Group includes ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc.; Infrared Capital Partners Limited; Star America Fund; Dragados, USA; Beaver Excavating; John R. Jurgensen Company; and ms Consultants.
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