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.”
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.