COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Transportation officials in Ohio are reviewing the winning bid package for what will be the largest single roadway construction project in modern state history.
The $429 million Portsmouth bypass project in southern Ohio is a 16-mi. (25.7 km), four-lane limited access highway from U.S. 23 north of Lucasville to U.S. 52 near Sciotoville. The Ohio Department of Transportation said the new roadway will complete the missing Ohio link of the Appalachian Development Highway System, which runs from Mississippi to New York through the eastern United States.
It’s the first-ever public-private partnership the Ohio department has embarked on, the culmination of two years of preparatory work. ODOT said the unique business arrangement will allow it to accelerate the bypass project by decades and to take advantage of current economic conditions.
Portsmouth Gateway Group was the winner in a three-way contest when bid packages were opened recently and will land the job after a thorough state review, the state said. The consortium includes: Dragados, USA Inc.; The Beaver Excavating Co.; John R. Jurgensen Co.; ms Consultants; ACS Infrastructure Development; Infrared Capital Partners Limited; and Star America Fund GP.
It was one of three teams chosen in September 2013 to submit technical and financial proposals for the project. The group’s formal bid will be scrutinized over the coming weeks to go over financial details and assure everything is complete.
Real estate has already been acquired for the project, which marks the department’s largest, modern earthwork project to date. Clearing and demolition have begun and construction is expected to start next summer.