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Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway

Construction Progress


To end isolation for an under-served area, a new roadway was needed to connect people to jobs, alleviate congestion, enhance safety, and improve traffic movement around a southern Ohio city.

Services Involved

  • Highway Design
  • Bridge Design
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Retaining Wall Design
  • Traffic Control
  • Lighting Design
  • Landscaping
  • Alternative Delivery

Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway

The first-ever Ohio P3 (public/private partnership) project by ODOT involves the development and long-term maintenance of a 16-mile four-lane divided, limited-access highway around the City of Portsmouth in Scioto County, Ohio, bypassing approximately 26 miles of U.S. 52 and U.S. 23. The highway, to be designated as State Route 823 (S.R. 823), the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway (formerly known as the Portsmouth Bypass).


The project includes construction of five new interchanges (U.S. 52, S.R. 140, Shumway Hollow Road, Lucasville-Minford Road and U.S. 23).


ms consultants was the lead designer for this project, which includes the design, construction, financing, and 35 years of operation and maintenance of the new 16-mile bypass. Items of work included, but were not limited to, earthwork, pavements, landscaping, drainage, utilities, guardrail, barrier, retaining and noise abatement walls, bridges, culverts, traffic control, lighting and aesthetic enhancements for the completion of the facility.


Project delivery method is design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM).


  • $429 million construction cost
  • 16 miles of roadway
  • 20 million cubic yards of excavations
  • 5 new interchanges
  • 23 bridges

Project Timeline

Groundbreaking for the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway was held on June 24, 2015. The road was opened to the traveling public in December 2018.

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