TDOT holds public hearings on State Route 126

(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Department of Transportation is holding two public hearings in Sullivan County to gather input on the proposed improvements to State Route 126 and to share modifications to the plan.

The hearings will be held Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Kingsport Civic Center and at 6 p.m. at the Sullivan Central High School in Blountville. TDOT published a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the plan to improve about 8.4 miles of the road that connects Kingsport and Interstate 81.

But there was some community concern about the impact on a cemetery and a historical location, so TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said in a statement that modifications have been made to the design to avoid relocating graves and impacts on historical property.

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