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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 09:13 AM

Maryland County Approves Millions More for Troubled Transit Center


Maryland County Approves Millions More for Troubled Transit Center
By Martin Di Caro | 04/03/2013 – 9:18 am


Maryland’s Montgomery County Council approved an additional $7 million to pay for construction work already completed at Silver Spring Transit Center, which is already two years behind schedule and about $80 million over budget.

The $7 million approved by county lawmakers has nothing to do with major design and construction problems detailed in a county report released two weeks ago.When it comes to who will pay to repair those problems, county officials say it will likely be determined in litigation with the project’s contractors.

“We will move expeditiously to make sure that we make the necessary repairs and that the taxpayers of Montgomery County will not have to pay for the flaws of the contractor,” says County Executive Ike Leggett, who has threatened to cancel the county’s contract with Foulger Pratt and other contractors and sue to recover any funds paid to fix the transit center’s construction issues, like inadequately thick concrete.

“Whatever we spend we will get back because we are going to pursue to the ultimate degree of the law and the legal process to make sure the county is reimbursed for anything we may have to put out in advance,” says Leggett. ....................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://transportationnation.org/2013/04/03/maryland-county-approves-millions-more-for-troubled-transit-center/



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