Audit: Many to blame for costly Maryland transit center


By Charlie Hayward | Maryland Reporter

Serious safety, soundness, and durability problems that are now causing indefinite delays with opening the $112 million Silver Spring Transit Center were attributable to negligence, inadequate oversight and other shortcomings with project management, construction, and engineering.

In other words, none of the principal parties has “clean hands” according to a study released last week by the independent Office of Inspector General (IG) for Montgomery County.

The superstructure is made of concrete and thus construction specifications were replete with engineering criteria for the composition of the concrete, and its pouring, curing and tensioning. The IG systematically examined 22 project management and control points from the time concrete was mixed until the time it was ready for final inspection. The IG team obtained assistance from Alpha Corporation, an engineering expert.

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