Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway State Route 823 Independent Quality Firm

ODOT Veterans Memorial Highway

Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway State Route 823 Independent Quality Firm

Traversing 16 miles of forested hills in the Appalachian Plateau, the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway is Ohio’s largest transportation project ever at $634 million. The route will bypass the city of Portsmouth, allowing motorists to skip traffic signals and intersections. This project is the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) first public-private partnership (P3) and completes the Appalachian Development Highway System within the state.

The project includes massive earthwork, moving more than 20 million cubic yards of soil and rock to construct the roadway, 16 miles of asphalt paving on undeveloped greenfield land, 22 bridges and five interchanges. 

As the Independent Quality Firm (IQF), HDR provides quality assurance for the developer during both design and construction. Our senior level team accepts all design and construction work, and reviews project management plans, design packages and construction submittals for contract compliance. Using a precise and disciplined approach, we evaluate designer and contractor compliance with contract requirements, without dictating any of the design or construction details.

Our approach involves validating the contractor’s QC program by inspecting and testing approximately 20 percent of the tests and inspections completed by the contractor. Our staff reviews and accepts all prior QC work at specific project compliance hold points before the work on the specific element can continue. Consistent collaboration with the owner and developer allows us to keep them up-to-date and build stronger relationships across the project team.

We are using an HDR-developed construction monitoring application to enhance the detailed documentation of project work. This mobile application and the project geometric base file information are installed on GPS-enabled iPads, which provide mapping for the team.

Project completion is estimated in the spring of 2019. 

ODOT chose us after we successfully provided the same service as their first IQF on the $300 million Cleveland Innerbelt Construction Contact Group 1, Westbound I-90 Bridge project.

ODOT Veterans Memorial Highway
Ohio Department of Transportation

Portsmouth, OH
United States

16 miles


Best Project (2019)
Engineering News-Record Midwest
America’s Transportation Award (2019)
Quality of Life / Community Development
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials