Silver Spring Transit Center report misses Jan. deadline -- Gazette.Net


This story was corrected on Feb. 20, 2013. An explanation follows the story.

An engineering report expected to explain how to fix the structural problems at the Silver Spring Transit Center is nearly two weeks overdue.

Despite being hopeful they would receive a report from engineers by the end of the January, Montgomery County officials and contractor Foulger-Pratt Cos. are still waiting to hear about the future of the Silver Spring Transit Center.

Washington, D.C.-based consultant KCE Structural Engineering was hired by the county to prepare a remediation report that would detail the potential solutions to problems of concrete thickness and cracks in the concrete at the site on the corner of Colesville Road and Wayne Avenue in downtown Silver Spring.

Patrick Lacefield, a spokesman for Montgomery County, said the consultant is looking “at some things beyond some of the initial questions raised about the thickness of the concrete.” He also said the county does not have a new timeline on when the report will be ready.

The delay in the remedial report’s arrival was partially why contractor Foulger-Pratt, tasked with building the more than $110 million transportation project, filed a claim Jan. 18 to the county, company Principal Bryant Foulger told The Gazette last week.

“We are waiting and waiting and waiting,” Foulger said last week.

Judah Lifschitz, of Washington, D.C.-based Shapiro Lifschitz and Schram, told The Gazette last week that Foulger-Pratt’s contract with the county “requires notice to be given when the county causes delay to the project.” The Jan. 18 claim is the most recent of about 35 filed by Foulger-Pratt since the project started.

The Silver Spring Transit Center will create a transit hub by connecting MARC commuter train service, Metro, Ride On and intercity buses once it is open. A series of cracks discovered in the middle and upper levels of the structure and disparities in the thickness of the concrete have delayed the project’s opening by more than two years.

Lacefield said the county still plans to have the transit center open by fall. The only thing that could alter that timeline, he said, would be “additional things that have to be done through remediation.”

Once the remediation report is complete, Lacefield said it will be available for the public on the county’s Department of General Services website.

A previous version on this story incorrectly referred to KCE Structural Engineering. It is based in Washington, D.C.