Construction of Metro's Silver Line into Loudoun County has run into another delay.
Capital Rail Constructors, the contractor for the $5.8 billion second phase of the Dulles Corridor Rail Project, says concrete pedestals at the Dulles Airport station were built without proper internal reinforcement, according to the Washington Post.
The project is being managed by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, or MWAA.
The Post reports the pedestals, which sit atop 20 concrete columns, are critical because they serve a dual purpose in helping anchor the glass walls on the station’s first level and the glass windscreens that will be installed on its second level.
“We are aware of the situation and monitoring progress as MWAA and the contractor work to resolve the issue,” Metro said in a prepared statement.
It wasn't immediately clear whether the second phase of the Silver Line extension, which will run track to the Dulles Airport and to two stations in Ashburn, will be able to open in the second half of 2020, which was the most recent projection before the most recent issues were found.
Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.-10th) issued a statement on the delay Friday afternoon.
“Loudoun County is impatiently waiting for a Silver Line expansion to bring connectivity and greater economic opportunity to our region,” Wexton said. “These delays have real consequences for the people of Northern Virginia, and it’s unacceptable.”
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