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Major contractor on much-delayed Silver Spring Transit Center speaks out

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    An engineering analysis of the nearly-complete Silver Spring Transit Center has concluded the huge project was incorrectly designed, insufficiently built and was not properly inspected during construction.
    An engineering analysis of the nearly-complete Silver Spring Transit Center has concluded the huge project was incorrectly designed, insufficiently built and was not properly inspected during construction.
SILVER SPRING, Md. -

It's been five years since construction started on a new transit hub for downtown Silver Spring. A new report, commissioned by Montgomery County, raises serious questions about its safety and design.

County Executive Ike Leggett vows to find out who is to blame. There is a lot of finger-pointing going on, including fingers being pointed at one of the major contractors, Foulger-Pratt. The company is one of the biggest construction development firms in the mid-Atlantic.

Managing Principal Bryant Foulger is pointing back at Montgomery County, telling FOX 5, "The county owns the project. They're responsible for the design of the project."

KCE Structural Engineering Consultants, hired by the county, found excessive cracking, inadequate reinforcing steel and concrete of insufficient strength and thickness.

But Foulger insists his company did the job to specifications. His lawyer says the county had its own inspectors on the job site.

But David Dice, the head of the county's Department of General Services, tells us the county employees on site were not inspectors, but county representatives charged with making sure the right contractors were present and doing the work they were supposed to do.

Dice says the transit hub is not safe to run buses full of people through.

County Executive Ike Leggett says he wants needed repairs made to get the hub open as soon as possible. He also vows to get to the bottom of who is at fault.


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