Some people in Ohio aren’t impressed with the way the state’s first public-private partnership is taking shape. The state’s share of the Portsmouth bypass will cost taxpayers nearly three times its announced price tag of $429 million. The state will pay some $1.2 billion over the life of a 35-year agreement to build and maintain the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway, according to the Columbus Dispatch. The 16-mile link will help drivers skirt the Ohio River city of Portsmouth. Rick Rouan writes the project is Ohio’s test case for P3s. Officials at the Ohio Department of Transportation claim that paying for the project over time rather than waiting for enough money to become available is smart because the road will spur economic development in the beleaguered area. Experts maintain that this project—and future roads built using debt—could hamper the state’s ability to maintain its construction program, writes Rouan.