Construction on Silver Line extension hits a new snag

New Silver Line construction delays could push back the opening of the extension to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County by more than two more months.

While the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority — which is responsible for construction of the line — still hopes to speed things up, the contractor responsible for building the new rail yard near Dulles Airport revealed their latest schedule slipped 67 days in just a month. The estimated substantial completion is now set for late July 2020.

Metro will not accept the rail project without both the rail yard and mainline tracks complete. This means the earliest start of rail service on Silver Line Phase 2 will be pushed into September or October of next year.

Metro believes the rail yard is needed to support the additional trains that will be running when the 11-mile extension from Wiehle Reston-East through Herndon to Dulles…

Original published: 2019-06-12 22:59:46 Read the full Washington News here

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