Nearly seven years since construction began on the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center in Silver Spring, Md., the multi-modal public transportation facility has been hit with yet another setback.
The oft-troubled transit center, located adjacent to the Silver Spring Metro Station, reportedly needs to address more flaws in its design, the Washington Post reported. In a letter, David Dise, General Services Director, explained to County Executive Isiah Leggett and Council President Nancy Navarro that the facility needs a two inch layer of latex-modified concrete on its upper levels.
Dise did not specify costs for the repairs or provide a timetable, though he did say that he would like to complete the process before winter. Adding new layers would take approximately six weeks and will require a series of approvals.
Additionally, two key segments of roadway on the second level also need to be repaired, Dise wrote. Those repairs are slated for October.
If that wasn’t enough, Montgomery County leaders also reported last week that water is leaking from the top floor, according to NBC 4.
The $120 million facility is intended as a hub for Metrorail, MARC trains, buses, cabs and bikes. It is more than two years behind schedule and more than $80 million over budget, due in part to previously discovered flaws in the design.
Those structural defects, as well as overall costs to operate the facility once it opens, caused the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to distance itself from the project earlier this year. WMATA told Montgomery County in April that it would not operate the transit hub upon completion.