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Old 04-05-2013, 06:50 AM
 
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Ervin Wants Outside Opinion on Silver Spring Transit Center

“The complexity and scale of this project requires an independent evaluation of the information we are being provided,” Ervin said in a statement.

By Whitney Teal Email the author April 4, 2013

In an attempt to get the Silver Spring Transit Center on track, Montgomery County Councilwomen Valerie Ervin (D-Dist 5), who represents Silver Spring, and Nancy Floreen, (D-At Large), asked that the county retain an independent industry expert to advise during the remediation of the facility.

An independent inspection report completed by KCE Engineering revealed that the $112 million transit hub, years behind schedule and over-budget, was rife with inadequacies that left the building unsafe and unusable without major repairs. There is no current timeline for the completion.

Ervin and Floreen voted Tuesday, along with the rest of the council, to plunk an additional $7.5 million into the center's budget, mainly going to retroactively pay bills. In a letter to Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist 4), the councilmembers wrote that they had "serious concerns about the ongoing budget impact of the continuing delays and cost overruns associated with this project."

“The complexity and scale of this project requires an independent evaluation of the information we are being provided,” Ervin said in a statement.

“None of us are structural engineers or construction experts, and Councilmembers need to ensure that the remediation proposals we receive from the County Executive will achieve a safe, functional transit center for residents in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible,” the letter reads.

Navarro and Councilman Roger Berliner, (D-Dist 1), who leads the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee, sent a memo to County Executive Isiah Leggett Monday requesting regular updates on the progress of the Transit Center.

"While we appreciate the series of regular updates you requested from the County Executive and his team on this project, we would also like an independent evaluation of the information that has been and will be provided to the Council," the councilmembers wrote to Navarro.

Related Topics: Silver Spring Transit Center
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:29 AM
 
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The question should not just revolve around inadequate engineering and construction. The question should also revolve around determining which Montgomery County official(s) engaged in cronyism in the selection of the incompetent contractors. No doubt that said cronyism exists somewhere in the food chain. It also should revolve around firing the MontCo planning staff who clearly are not competent enough to do the job they are paid for.

The bottom line is that a measely $112M project should be something that can be done with their collective eyes closed. Instead, we have yet another example of how government doesn't get much of anything right.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:22 AM
 
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I guess, but foulger pratt has built so many projects around this area, I just can't imagine they messed up....I guess its possible....
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:07 PM
 
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I guess, but foulger pratt has built so many projects around this area, I just can't imagine they messed up....I guess its possible....
Truthfully, most of the blame likely lies with incompetent government staff. Someone had to draw up the plans and approve them. Government staff are the approvers.

Yet another government fail, if that's the case.
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