Silver Line contractors submit project

RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Dulles Transit Partners led by Bechtel, submitted Phase I of the Silver Line to the Metropolitan Airports Authority for substantial approval.

The DTP and Bechtel made today's deadline to avoid liquidated damages. That means the contractor could have faced fines of up to $25,000 dollars a day if it had not submitted the project for substantial completion on April 9, 2014.

The last time the contractors submitted the project for substantial completion was in February. MWAA did not accept the submission then, sending the contractors back with a laundry list of fixes.

Today, WUSA9 discovered not all the fixes are complete.

Station speakers that were found not be up to current code were rejected last month. But the speakers at the Wiehle-Reston Station have still not been replaced. Wires can be seen hanging out of the holes where two rejected speakers were pulled out. Metropolitan Airports Authority spokesman David Mould says, that's okay because DTP is working on replacing them.

"The work is proceeding and everybody is satisfied that it will be completed when it needs to be," said Mould.

MWAA, which is building the $2.9 billion Phase I, (and the entire $6 billion project) has 15 days to either reject or accept Phase I.

"When we concur with substantial completion, then WMATA will have the opportunity to accept the project for further testing. That takes about 90 days," said Mould.

Mould says WMATA, which is Metro, will work to shorten that time, but Metro could also ask for more time to test if needed. Reston Supervisor and Metro board member Cathy Hudgins says there is too much involved to say the Silver Line would be ready to roll by July 4th, as has been reported.

"The constituents out here are most concerned about when is it going to be open. And it would be good to give some sense of certainty. But, we can't say that today," said Hudgins.

Hudgins says the Federal Transit Authority plus Tri State Oversight also have to approve the $2.9 billion Phase I before it's open for business.

"There's only one way to accept a system. It has to be safe and it has to be reliable," said Hudgins.


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