Southern Ohio Veteran’s Memorial Highway

Ohio Dept. of Transportation’s first Public-Private Partnership (P3) project and the state’s single, largest earthwork to date.

  • Date: June 2016 – December 2018
  • Owner: ODOT
  • Developer: Portsmouth Gateway Group (ACS Infrastructure, InfraRed Capital, Star America Capital)
  • Lead Contractor: Portsmouth JV
  • (Dragados USA, Beaver Excavating, John R. Jurgensen)
  • Lead Designer: MS Consultants
  • Independent Quality Firm: HDR
  • Project Type: Heavy Highway

About this Project

After several years and nearly $500 million dollars, the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway opened on December 14th, 2018. As a 16-mile four-lane highway, it cut the traveling time between Sciotoville and Lucasville by nearly 20 minutes.

Also known as Ohio-823, the bypass connects U.S. 52 and U.S. 23 through Portsmouth and includes infrastructure feats such as:

  • Five interchanges
  • Two partial interchanges
  • Better access to Scioto County airport
  • 72 lane miles

What is a P3?

A P3 project, also known as a PPP, stands for a “Public-Private Partnership. It is a contractual arrangement that is formed between public and private-sector partners. Government agencies are often tasked with renovating, constructing, or maintaining a facility that provides a public service.

In a P3, the private sector agrees with a government office, usually through a contract, to assist. In exchange, the private partner can retain partial ownership and/or share the revenue by investing in that project.

For more information about Portsmouth and P3s, visit Asphalt Contractor’s June/July 2019 front-page feature here.

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