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Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

The Ohio Department Of Transportation (ODOT) announced earlier this year they would be delaying the start of the Portsmouth Bypass to explore a public/private partnership (P3).

According to ODOT, the public-private partnerships will allow ODOT to work with the private sector in developing new and innovative ways to develop, finance, maintain or operate a transportation facility.

Kathleen Fuller, ODOT District 9 spokeswoman said it would likely be the end of the year before it’s known if a public/private partnership is an option for the Portsmouth Bypass.

“I was told a couple of weeks ago we were looking at the end of the year at the earliest and maybe December we would have a decision about the public/private partnership,” Fuller said.

She said there has been some interest in the project from contractors from across the country.

“There is definitely interest out there. We’re getting communication from different contractors that want more information about the project. I send them to the person in our district and the person in Columbus that are working on this project,” Fuller said.

Phase 1 of the construction will be from Shumway Hollow Road to Lucasville-Minford Road and is slated to cost an estimated $83 million with a time frame of three years to complete.

Phase 2 of the construction has a five-year time frame for completion. Construction is set to begin at Lucasville-Minford Road to U.S. 23 and is expected to cost an estimated $242 million.

Phase 3 is estimated to begin construction in 2017. Construction is slated for Shumway Hollow Road to U.S. 52. This phase is expected to cost $281 million.

The construction cost is an estimated $405 million. The grand total project cost is roughly estimated at more than $650 million.

Fuller said at the end of November or in December ODOT should have an idea of which way they are going with this project.

“If we do not do a public/private partnership we are still moving forward with phase one of the project through traditional bidding,” Fuller said. “Some time next year we could potentially see construction start on Phase 1. If we go P3 we won’t see construction next year because it would be too early because it would be a package deal.”

For more information about the bypass, visit www.portsmouthbypass.com or call 888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or wallen@heartlandpublications.com.

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