Jefferson County filed an expected lawsuit Wednesday against Onondaga Development LLC over the removal of underground fuel storage tanks at the former Griff’s convenience store.
The county has been at odds for months with P.J. Simao, principal of Onondaga Development, over a 2007 agreement in which the county claims Mr. Simao, the former owner of the disputed site, agreed to pay cleanup costs.
According to state Supreme Court documents filed at the county clerk’s office, the county entered into an agreement with Mr. Simao to buy parcels at 21291 Route 12 and 21303 Route 12, which include the Griff’s building and the former SMX Transport property.…
A 24 year old Olympia man settled a dangerous-highway-design lawsuit against the Washington State Department of Transportation for $2 million. The man was critically injured when his motorcycle hit a car turning left onto the controversial intersection at Lynch Road and SR 101 near Shelton. After two months in the hospital and 15 surgeries, the man is still recovering from the April 2006 accident. This was the 29th collision at this intersection since a state DOT study recommended fixing the deadly highway.
Local safety officials and state studies have documented the dangers of the intersection for more than a decade. The state recommended closure of the southbound left turn from Lynch Road onto SR 101 following an April 2001 DOT study. The report favored construction of a new county road east of SR 101 to run parallel to the highway. Recommendations have been made and planning done but action has yet to be taken.