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Portsmouth Bypass

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Project Type: 
Roadways and Bridges
Sponsor / Borrower: 
Ohio Department of Transportation/ Portsmouth Gateway Group
Credit Agreement Status: 
TIFIA Assistance: 
$209 million
Primary Revenue Pledge: 
Availability Payments
Project Cost Details: 

$634.3 Million

Duration / Status: 

Construction began in 2015. Substantial completion is scheduled to occur in late 2018. 

Fiscal Year Closed: 
Project Description: 

The Portsmouth Bypass is a $634 million, 16-mile, four-lane, limited-access highway around the City of Portsmouth in Scioto County in South Central Ohio. The project will also provide a largely access controlled alternative to I-77 and I-75 for motorists making trips between southern Ohio and the Columbus region, saving over 70 miles on some trips. The project is being delivered as an availability payment design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM) concession. The term of the concession is expected to extend for 35 years.

The project is the first availability payment P3 concession in Ohio.  According to the project, public benefits include: correcting deficiencies in the existing system, improving regional mobility, enhancing the region’s competitive advantage for businesses, and decreasing crash rates.  Designated as State Route 823, the project will improve regional mobility to provide travel time savings of up to 16 minutes per trip compared to the current route. Given the rural nature of the County, this project and subsequent development could also have a material impact on the County’s high unemployment rates.  The State estimates the financial structure, including the TIFIA loan, accelerates delivery of the project and benefits by 8 years.

Funding Sources: 
  • Appalachian Development Highway System Funds: $97M
  • Other Federal & State Funds: $28M
  • Private Activity Bonds (PABs): $227M
  • PABs Premium: $24M
  • TIFIA Loan: $209.3M
  • Equity: $49M
Project Delivery / Contract Method: 

DBFOM (Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain)

Project Participants: 
ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc.
InfraRed Capital Partners Limited
Star America
Project Advisors / Consultants: 

To the Borrower:

Technical Advisor: MS Consultants

Financial Advisor: Societe Generale

Counsel to the Borrower: Ashurst LLP


TIFIA Legal Advisor: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

TIFIA Financial Advisor: Louis Berger Group

Project Lender(s): 
Bondholders, USDOT TIFIA
TIFIA Credit Assistance Detail: 

Direct loan: $209.304 million

Financial Status: 
TIFIA credit agreement was signed in March 2015. Interest payments are expected to start in 2018, and principal payments are expected to begin in 2019; final loan maturity is expected to occur in 2050.
Project Contacts: 

Adam Sheets

Ohio Department of Transportation Office of Innovative Delivery

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