According to Beautyphoon, State Route 823 is a freeway in the U.S. state of Ohio. Also known as the Portsmouth Bypass or the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway (SOVMH), the road runs from Sciotodale to Lucasville in the south of the state. The highway is 26 kilometers long.
The highway connects US 23 with US 52 and forms a north and east bypass of the city of Portsmouth, located on the Ohio River that forms the border with Kentucky. The highway runs through wooded and hilly terrain from Sciotodale to Lucasville. It is considered one of the most beautiful roads in the state of Ohio.
As early as the 1960s, a bypass for Portsmouth was proposed due to the increased freight traffic on the narrow streets of this historic city. A main argument is the time saved, many traffic lights can be avoided via the bypass. However, the project only became more concrete in the 1990s, and the project was marketed as a PPP. The project was awarded on October 15, 2014 and financial close was reached for the project on December 5, 2014. Construction began in June 2015. The highway was inaugurated on December 13, 2018 and opened to traffic a day later.
In 2011, prior to the construction of State Route 823, 15,000 vehicles drove daily on US 23 at the northern terminal and 17,000 vehicles on US 52 at the southern terminal. 26,000 vehicles per day passed through the center of Portsmouth.
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The Wellsburg Bridge is an arch bridge under construction in the United States, located over the Ohio River on the border of West Virginia and Ohio, near Wellsburg.
The Wellsburg Bridge is a steel arch bridge with a total length of approximately 600 meters and a river crossing of 244 meters wide. The bridge has a bridge deck of 18.3 meters wide, for 4 lanes and a bicycle/pedestrian path. The bridge spans two railroads on the Ohio side in addition to the Ohio River. The bridge connects State Route 2 in Virginia to State Route 7 in Ohio and has a grade-separated connection on the Ohio side because OH-7 is a freeway on site. The bridge is located on the south side of Brilliant, Ohio, about 2 miles south of greater Wellsburg, West Virginia.
The bridge is the first over this section of the Ohio River. Alternative bridges are at Steubenville, 10 miles upstream, or at Wheeling, 25 miles downstream. Planning for a new bridge over the Ohio River began in the late 1990s, with a first detailed study in 2000. In 2013, a FONSI was issued for the project. The project is being implemented by the State of West Virginia. The contract was awarded to Flatiron for $131 million. On July 10, 2018, the “groundbreaking ceremony” for the bridge was held. The bridge was originally planned to be opened in March 2021, later it was said that the bridge was to be opened at the end of 2022. The arch bridge was entered on April 27, 2021.
Veterans Memorial Bridge (Steubenville, Ohio)
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The Veterans Memorial Bridge is a cable- stayed bridge in the United States, located on the border of the states of Ohio and West Virginia.
The Veterans Memorial Bridge spans the Ohio River on the border of the states of Ohio and West Virginia near the town of Steubenville. The cable-stayed bridge is 599 meters long, with a main span of 250 meters. The side span is 210 meters long. On the Ohio side there is another short bridge over a railroad and State Route 7. The bridge has one A-shaped pylon. The bridge deck is 24.7 meters wide, and includes 2×3 lanes of US 22 in Ohio and US 22 in West Virginia, which is a freeway in place. The road handles through traffic to the Pittsburgh region.
The first bridge over the Ohio River was the Market Street Bridge, a 1905 truss -framed suspension bridge. A second suspension bridge, Fort Steuben Bridge, opened in 1928 and was demolished in 2012.
The construction of a third bridge for through traffic was already planned in the early 1960s and was approved by the FHWA in 1978. Construction took 11 years, from 1979 to 1990, and the bridge opened to traffic on May 1, 1990. It was one of the first cable-stayed bridges in the United States to be built, but the long construction time meant that several other cable-stayed bridges opened earlier. Construction cost $70 million at the time, relatively much compared to other cable-stayed bridges over the Ohio River of the time.