TRANSPORTATION • BY AMANDA ZIADEH
The completion of the new Silver Spring Transit Center may be delayed after a contractor error that left the concrete in various places on the upper and mid levels of the transit either too thick or too thin, according to David Dise, director of the Department of General Services.
General contractor Foulger-Pratt is responsible for the cost of repairing these errors and the delay due to the errors. The extent of the repairs will be determined by whether the concrete was too thick or too thin.
According to the project progress update from Feb., 42 percent of the elevated deck area is over the acceptable thickness and 21 percent is less than the acceptable thickness.
According to Dise, Foulger-Pratt has been working with the Montgomery County staff in order to address this issue and propose a solution for review by the county and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
Dise said the proposed repair method would have to bring the construction back to fully meet the contract specifications.
Construction for the new center began in Sept. 2008. The new transit center will replace the more than thirty-year-old current transit and will be called the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center.
The center is planned to feature direct access to Metrorail and Marc trains, as well as 32 bays for busses including Metrobus, MTA, University of Maryland shuttle buses, and Ride-On. There is also planned to be 54 kiss-and-ride spaces and taxi spaces. The bus bays will be on the second level and the taxi and kiss-and-ride drop off will be on the third level.