The Tennessee Department of of Environment and Conservation is having a public hearing at East Ridge High School on Thursday, Sept. 19, officials announced earlier this month.
The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with an informational session, followed at 6:30 by public comments.
The purpose of the hearing is to inform the public and provide an opportunity to comment on water quality issues that would occur from the TDOT I-75/I-24 reconfiguration project.
According to an application TDOT submitted to the TDEC’s Division of Water Resources, the construction project would have a permanent impact on 9.38 acres of six wetlands, 2.23 acres of impact to five wetlands, and two stream crossings resulting in about 580 linear feet of permanent impact.
According to government officials, TDOT would compensate the wetlands impact through partial on-site mitigation, and by purchasing 28.4 wetland bank credits from the Sequatchie Valley Wetland Mitigation Bank.