Falling Concrete Chunks Pose Minor Threat at Silver Spring Transit Center

Chunks of concrete could fall off the cracking Silver Spring Transit Center and pose a safety hazard for pedestrians.

The hazard was one of many issues discussed in a new report from an independent engineer who evaluated the building in downtown Silver Spring.

The report from the independent Advisory Committee says the risk of any concrete falling is low, as long as regular inspections and maintenance are done.

The transit center's handicap ramps do not meet current ADA code requirements.

News4 has learned there are differing opinions on more work that may need to be done for the Transit Center.

One engineer says the interior beams and girders need more strengthening -- but the contractor of record on the project disagrees, and says no further work is required.

There is still no timetable for when the Silver Spring Transit Center will open. The project is already years behind schedule and millions of dollars over budget.

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