By WAYNE ALLEN
PDT Staff Writer
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public meeting March 15 to discuss the impact the proposed Portsmouth Bypass might have on area water quality. The meeting will be held at Portsmouth High School starting at 6 p.m.
According to the EPA, the first phase of construction, in the Minford area, would include four bridges and two interchanges.
“Discharges from the construction and development activities, if approved, would result in lowering the water quality of streams, wetlands, ditches and ponds in the Little Scioto River watershed,” the EPA claims.
If the permits are approved ODOT would assume responsibility for any impact on area streams.
Ohio EPA is also accepting written comments through March 22. Written comments can be mailed to Ohio EPA-Division of Surface Water, Attn: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216.
The bypass is planned from U.S. 23, through the Minford area near Shumway Hollow Road and then on to U.S. 52. The total project is expected to cost more than $650 million.
For more information about the bypass, visit www.portsmouthbypass.com or call 888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834.
Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 208, or email@example.com.