Ohio State Route 823

State Route 823 (SR 823), officially known as the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway and colloquially as the Portsmouth Bypass, is a north–south four-lane divided controlled-access highway in Scioto County, Ohio. The highway, which runs from Sciotodale to Lucasville, reroutes through traffic around the cities of Portsmouth and New Boston to the east.[2] The bypass provides better mobility within the local area for residents and has the potential to increase the economic development of the local area.

State Route 823 marker

State Route 823
Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway[1]
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length16 mi (26 km)
ExistedDecember 14, 2018–present
Major junctions
South end US 52 in Sciotodale
  SR 140 near Sciotoville
North end US 23 in Lucasville
Highway system
SR 822SR 824

In September 2013, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) recommended a public–private partnership (P3) to fund and build the highway.[3] Construction began in June 2015.[4] The highway was dedicated on December 13, 2018 with vehicle traffic beginning the next day.[5][6]

Route descriptionEdit

The 16-mile-long (26 km) freeway bypasses the cities of Portsmouth and New Boston by connecting US 52 east of New Boston and west of Wheelersburg to US 23 north of Lucasville. SR 823 begins at a partial interchange with US 52 and heads north, passing through the communities of Minford, Lucasville, and Sciotodale before ending at a trumpet interchange with US 23. The freeway has three interchanges with local roads: SR 140 near the Portsmouth city limit, CR 234 (Shumway Hollow Road) adjacent to the Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport just south of Minford, and at CR 28 (Lucasville-Minford Road) in Minford.

Ohio State Route 823 east of Lucasville
Ohio State Route 823 north of Sciotodale


The proposal for a bypass began in the 1962 which called for the construction of a 8 mi (13 km) bypass designated as Ohio State Route 423 running north from Rosemount to east of Sciotoville.[7] An engineering contract was awarded in the waning days of Governor Michael DiSalle's administration in 1963 which called for the construction of a 14.41 mi (23.19 km) bypass at a cost of $19.1 million. This was promptly terminated in the same year when Jim Rhodes assumed the governorship with the engineering firm citing that the bypass would not be under construction within two to three years.[8] The proposed bypass was referred to as a part of Corridor B following the establishment of the Appalachian Development Highway System.[9] The project languished for years as the bypass was "plagued with problems" with the state prioritizing the construction of Corridor D.[10] It wasn't until 1998 that a $5 million environmental study was earmarked from federal transportation dollars.[11] After three proposed routes, the hill alignment was chosen after ODOT conducted numerous studies concerning impact to the environment and local area.[12]


The bypass was constructed in three general phases. Phase 1 connects Lucasville-Minford Road near Rases Mountain Drive to Airport Road (a newly relocated Shumway Hollow Road) adjacent to the Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport on SR 335—this phase was scheduled to take approximately three years to complete. Phase 2 continues the freeway from the Lucasville-Minford Road interchange to US 23 just north of Lucasville. Phase 3 continues the freeway from the Shumway Hollow Road/Airport Road interchange in Minford to US 52 near Wheelersburg. The freeway did not open for traffic on completed sections but rather upon completion of the entire project in December 2018.[4][12] The construction cost was initially projected to be $429 million in June 2015,[13] had a total construction cost of $634 million when completed in December 2018.[14] The state's share will be $1.2 billion over a 35-year period to construct and maintain the highway while servicing its debt.[14]

Exit listEdit

The entire route is in Scioto County.

Locationmi[citation needed]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Sciotodale0.000.00-  US 52 east – IrontonSouthbound exit and northbound entrance only
0.440.711   SR 140 (Webster Street) to US 52 westSouthbound exit and northbound entrance only
Minford6.5510.547    CR 234 (Shumway Hollow Road) to SR 335Diamond interchange
9.4715.249  CR 28 – Lucasville, MinfordFolded diamond interchange
Lucasville16.2726.1816  US 23 – Chillicothe, PortsmouthTrumpet interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Portsmouth Bypass". Portsmouthbypass.com. Archived from the original on February 6, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  3. ^ "Public/Private Partnership". www.dot.state.oh.us. April 30, 2014. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Anderson, Kari; Irr, Tim (June 24, 2015). "UPDATE: Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Portsmouth Bypass Project". WSAZ News Channel 3. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  5. ^ James, Mike (December 13, 2018). "Portsmouth bypass opens Friday". The Daily Independent. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "Portsmouth bypass opens to traffic". The Herald-Dispatch. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  7. ^ "State Shops Proposed Bypass". Portsmouth Daily Times. March 31, 1962. p. 1. Retrieved December 13, 2018 – via Newspaperarchive.com.
  8. ^ "State Ends Contract For Rt.423 Plans". Portsmouth Daily Times. April 10, 1963. p. 1. Retrieved December 13, 2018 – via Newspaperarchive.com.
  9. ^ "Appalachian Highway Bid Openings Slated". The Logan Daily News. October 2, 1967. p. 3. Retrieved December 12, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "Appalachian Highway Finished Sought". The Press-Gazette. July 27, 1973. p. 14. Retrieved December 12, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Henson, Jeff (December 2, 1998). "Cooperation clinched funding for lane expansion of U.S. 35". Chillicothe Gazette. p. 1A. Retrieved December 15, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ a b "Overview/History". Portsmouthbypass.com. Archived from the original on February 6, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  13. ^ Rouan, Rick (May 25, 2015). "State's share of Portsmouth bypass rises to $1.2 billion over 35 years". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Corrigan, Tom (December 11, 2018). "Bypass ribbon cutting is Thursday, road to open Friday". Portsmouth Daily Times. Retrieved December 12, 2018.

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