County: Parts of Silver Spring Transit Center Must Be Replaced

Replacement required before the rest of the center's problems can be addressed, county leaders said.

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    Montgomery County leaders now say parts of the troubled Silver Spring Transit Center will have to be replaced before a larger fix can go in place. News4 transportation reporter Adam Tuss has the story. (Published Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013)

    Montgomery County leaders now say parts of the troubled Silver Spring Transit Center will have to be replaced before a larger fix can go in place.

    According to a memo obtained by News4, the county says two areas known as "pour strips," a part of the concrete structure, have to be completely replaced. The county says they are not strong enough. The two 10-by-40-foot sections will have to be removed.

    Work on a larger, overall fix could start later this summer.

    David Dise, Montgomery County's director of general services, said the county has asked general contractor Foulger Pratt to "immediately begin replacement of the pour strips so that that portion of the remediation is completed in time to lay the topping slab over the entire 330 level."

    The developer told News4 Tuesday it will work with the county to make necessary fixes to the building, but no one is officially stepping up and taking responsibility for the design flaws with the building.

    It's still not clear when the building -- which sits right in the heart of downtown silver spring -- will open. The price tag on the building has more than tripled to close to $120 million.

    It was supposed to make it easier to catch buses, trains and taxis, but instead, the area is still fenced off rather than open and providing more pedestrian routes.