The Silver Line’s extension to Dulles Airport will not open until 2020 after at least 521 days of delay. That’s according to WRC-TV, DC’s NBC affiliate. Problems with concrete in Phase II, installed by project contractors, have already caused 115 days of delay. Seasoned DC transportation reporter, now Bloomberg Radio host, Martin di Caro thinks 2020 is an optimistic finish time given the project’s trajectory and Metro’s contracting problems.
Watch Adam Tuss’s report here with a video of the 300 concrete cracks in Metro’s new Silver Line railyard. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), won’t accept the contractor’s work on that facility but the builder says the cracks and other problems like failing pavement meet quality control standards. MWAA is demanding Chantilly, VA-based Hensel Phelps make fixes. Another issue is parts sourcing. Hensel Phelps is using Made in Germany parts for railyard cranes when the project falls under US sourcing requirements.
MWAA is building the Dulles extension to the Silver Line, but WMATA will operate the service once construction completes.