The Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting on the water-quality impacts of the North Outerbelt project at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Worthington Community Center meeting room.

The Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting on the water-quality impacts of the North Outerbelt project at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Worthington Community Center meeting room.

The meeting is a public information and comment session required prior to the next phase of the project, said Erin Strouse of the Ohio EPA.

The first phase of the project started in September.

The entire project involves new ramps at the Interstate 270/U.S. Route 23 interchange, the widening of Route 23, and other improvements along I-270 between Route 23 and state Route 315.

The Federal Clean Water Act requires the Ohio Department of Transportation to obtain a certificate from the EPA because it will be discharging water into waterways during the next phases of construction.

ODOT must work with the Ohio EPA to make as few water impacts as possible along the Olentangy River and the tributaries leading to the river, Strouse said. ODOT will work along 3,500 feet of streams, she said.

At the meeting, representatives from Ohio EPA will explain the project and answer questions.

During a hearing immediately following the information session, the public can submit comments for the record regarding the application.

Any information will be considered before the EPA issues or denies further certification.

The Ohio EPA also will consider written comments received through Dec. 10. They may be emailed to dswcomments@epa.state.oh.us or mailed to Ohio EPA-Division of Surface Water, Attention: Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049, Columbus 43216-1049.

Interested parties may also request to be placed on a mailing list for information by writing to the same address.