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ASCE Luncheon - Portsmouth Bypass Update

November 15, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Hampton Inn Scioto Downs
5950 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43207

Registration will begin at 11:30 AM. Lunch program to begin at 12:00 PM. Deadline for registration is Monday, November 12 at 4:00 PM.

About the Presentation

The Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway (SOVMH) is a four-lane, divided, limited-access highway around the City of Portsmouth in Scioto County, Ohio. The highway, to be designated State Route 823 (SR 823), is known as the Portsmouth Bypass and will comprise 16 miles of four lane divided highway, bypassing approximately 26 miles of US 52 and US 23 through Portsmouth.

The project will improve travel and regional mobility, avoiding significant numbers of traffic signals, intersections, and driveways over the current 26 mile route using US 52 and US 23. The proposed 16-mile new route is estimated to provide travel time savings of up to 16 minutes per trip over the current route using US 23 and US 52. The large number of access points and traffic signals currently compromise US 23/US 52’s ability to safely and efficiently serve its intended function of a primary arterial.

Not only is this the largest project in ODOT history, but it is the first-ever Public-Private Partnership (P3). Since 2012, ODOT engineers and technical experts have been working to develop a P3 to construct the new road. By using a P3, ODOT is able to accelerate the entire project by decades, and the Department can avoid rising costs by taking advantage of current competitive economic conditions.

This presentation will review how the P3 delivery method was used on this project and provide an update on the construction progress.


Chad Ratkovich — Deputy Project Manager for Portsmouth JV (representative of Beaver Excavating)

Chad Ratkovich is currently the Deputy Project Manager for the Portsmouth JV as a representative of Beaver Excavating.  The JV is the entity responsible for the design and construction of the new 16 mile Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway.  In this position he helps manage the overall effort on the job in all facets of the work on this first P3 project in the State.  His background is in civil engineering as a graduate of Ohio University and he has worked in a variety of fields over his career including transportation, structures, municipal treatment facilities and general commercial development in both contracting and consulting roles.


City Barbeque lunch buffet - smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, sides, drinks and dessert.

CPD Hours

A certificate for one (1) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour will be issued at the conclusion of the program.


$20.00 ASCE member

$15.00 ASCE life member

$10.00 ASCE student

$25.00 Guest (not an ASCE member)