The state Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on Aug. 1 in Summerville to discuss the future of the trees in the Interstate 26 median.

The hearing comes shortly after the Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Governments indicated it would oppose a plan to clear cut there. The council asked the state to find other options.

Those options could be outlined during the public meeting, which is set for 5-7 p.m. at Summerville High School, according to Jake Libaire of the Coastal Conservation League.

Most of I-26 between Interstate 95 and the main Summerville exit has a median full of trees, and this stretch also has a relatively high rate of fatal accidents.

State officials have said removing the trees and installing cable barriers would reduce fatalities, but Lowcountry officials have said there may be a better, more attractive option.