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More Delays for Silver Spring Transit Center

A county official said nothing will happen with the project until an engineering company issues a list of recommendations in two months.

When will the Silver Spring Transit Center open? It’s anybody’s guess.

County officials are waiting for outside engineers to study the structure’s concrete, which they say was improperly poured by construction firm Foulger-Pratt. That process will take at least two months, Don Dise, Montgomery County general services director, told the Washington Post.

KCE Structural Engineers will advise the county on how to fix the concrete, most of which officials say is too thick or too thin in places. The county’s website said officials have determined that just about one-third of the concrete in the middle and top levels of the center is in side of the “allowable construction tolerances for thickness.”

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The $112 million project that will bring Silver Spring’s Metrorail, MARC, bus lines and taxis together is two years behind schedule. The county’s website said the building is 97 percent complete, but Dise told the Post the center won’t open until the concrete is corrected. 

Foulger-Pratt , telling the Examiner in March that the center meets the Metro and the American Concrete Institute’s specifications.

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Wayne Phyillaier September 11, 2012 at 08:38 PM
At least open the MetBranch Trail ramp between the Metro entrance and Bonifant Street, for easier pedestrian access to Metro and to the east side MARC platform.
CommunityLady September 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
At this point I am not certain I would ever feel that this structure is safe and stable. Even if someone comes in to "patch up" the areas that don't meet the specifications. An accident waiting to happen. Two years overdue and millions of taxpayer dollars down the tube.
Naldo Gray September 19, 2012 at 05:13 AM
So true Joanne, this is what you get when you hire someone on the cheap and that person ignored the quality of the project to skim more profits on the back end. Money over the safety of the public.

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