The towns of Victor and Farmington will hold off on legal action over a planned Route 96 bridge project.
Local officials and business owners agreed to briefly postpone a lawsuit against the state Department of Transportation in order to continue negotiations concerning the Route 96 bridge construction project.
Victor Attorney Mike Jones said this morning that the towns of Farmington and Victor, the village of Victor and several businesses signed an Article 78 petition Wednesday — the precursor to a lawsuit — and were prepared to file in state court by today’s deadline.
“It came down to the wire, then I got a call from the DOT attorney Bruce Feldman, who wanted to negotiate some more,” Jones said. “Very interesting.”
So instead of filing a lawsuit, the parties entered into what is called a “tolling agreement,” in which they all agree to extend the statute of limitations for filing an Article 78 for 15 days so negotiations can continue. They had planned to sign the tolling agreement papers by noon today.
The Van Bortel automotive dealerships, Walker’s Four Season vehicle sales, Auction Direct and Hunter Machines are also petitioners in the legal maneuvers.
The dispute concerns the DOT’s plan to reroute traffic through residential streets while the six-month construction project to rebuild the aging bridge is under way. The bridge spans a railroad and a creek. Businesses and officials claim the project will hurt sales, negatively impact residents and hinder access by emergency vehicles. They want a temporary bridge instead of a detour.
The towns allege that the DOT’s environmental impact report is inadequate, misleading and contains inaccurate information.
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