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Side Effects Of I-69 Mitigation Plans Concern Landowners

INDOT held a public hearing Friday to listen to landowners opinions about its mitigation plans.

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INDOT has plans to restore the banks of Indian Creek in Greene and Monroe counties.

Indiana Department of Transportation has developed environmental mitigation plans for three sections along Indian Creek in Monroe and Green counties as a way to offset the land it is using for Interstate-69. But some residents say the projects could do more harm than good.

Whenever INDOT alters the environment it is required to improve other areas.

Project Manager with the I-69 Team Sandra Flum says INDOT works with several regulatory agencies as they determine what kind of sites can be improved.

“[With] farm ground, often you’ll channelize your streams so that you can maximize the amount of farm ground you have,” she says. “So if we look at a property like that and the farmer is willing and we can restore that stream back to its original meander, then that’s a restoration project.”

INDOT has chosen a section of Indian Creek near Carter Road in Greene County as one of its three sites. But resident David Cergnul is concerned that his property may flood as a result of the proposed improvement which aims to reverse erosion on the creek’s bank.

“As of now we were just notified that it’s going to be a road embankment which may cause us flooding issues,” he says.

Cergnul says he has requested site maps from INDOT to see exactly how the embankment is designed and is waiting for the plans.

Kyle Clayton

Kyle Clayton is a WFIU news producer. He is currently studying journalism at Indiana University and comes to WFIU following an internship in the fall of 2011. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned home to Indiana in 2008 to begin his education and pursue his interests in writing.

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