New Name, New Route: Construction Set To Begin On S.R. 823
Scioto County’s Portsmouth Bypass Now ‘Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway’
Columbus (Monday, March 2, 2015) – A new route and a new name: the Ohio Department of Transportation will soon make history when construction of the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway (Portsmouth Bypass) in Scioto County begins.
This summer, the Portsmouth Gateway Group will embark on the state’s largest, modern earthwork project to date when the contractors start construction of the new state Route 823. Recently renamed the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway by the Ohio Legislature in House Bill 36, 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.
“Since the feasibility study in 2000, it’s been an incredible 15-year journey for the department, and we’re looking forward to breaking ground this summer,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson, who also noted that ODOT and the developers are now working toward completing the financial close in the coming weeks.
To those who live in the area, it is apparent that construction is about to start, as a clearing project is currently under way within the right of way limits for the project. Crews from Solid Rock Construction are removing trees, brush and vegetation prior to the start of construction. And under separate contracts, the contractors have also cleared buildings and other structures from within the project corridor.
Leading up to this work, though, was a tremendous effort by the District 9 Real Estate Department, their appraisers and the property owners who worked together to complete the acquisition process of the land needed for the project.
“Our real estate team has done an outstanding job to acquire the property necessary to build this project. In addition, we truly appreciate the cooperation of residents, property owners and the entire Scioto County community as we embark on what will be a historical and monumental project for the county, the region and the state,” added Wilson.
Since 2012, ODOT engineers and technical experts have been working to develop the P3 to construct the new state Route 823 in order to accelerate the entire project by at least eight years and avoid cost escalation by taking advantage of competitive economic conditions.
In October 2014, ODOT awarded a $429 million contract to the Portsmouth Gateway Group for development of the project, and construction is anticipated to begin in early to mid-summer this year. Once built, the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway will complete the state’s missing link of the Appalachian Development Highway System.
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)