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).
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.