Construction on the Potomac Yard Metro station is 70% complete, and Mayor Justin Wilson said he’s knocking on wood in hope that it will open this fall.
On Tuesday, City Council received an update on the massive project.
“Is it done yet?” Wilson joked to city staff. “How about now? Now?”
City staff reported that most of the station buildings will be finished in late July. The station is now planned to open for service this fall, and the entire project is planned to wrap up in summer 2023.
“Many of you all were with us in December 2019 when we broke ground,” Daphne Kott, the city’s project director told Council. “At that time, we hoped that in a month from now we would be cutting a ribbon. Unfortunately, due to current events that we’ve all learned about and many things going on in the construction industry, that date is not going to be met but we are working very closely with WMATA to push this project forward as expeditiously as possible.”
The project broke ground in Dec. 2019, with the plan to open in spring 2022. However, last summer Metro engineers found that the Automatic Train Control systems were not safe and needed to be redesigned.
“The need to redesign the ATC system is the result of project management decisions for which Metro is accountable,” the City said. “Metro is working with the contractor to reduce delays in the project schedule and ensure system safety. Construction of the station will continue largely on schedule, but there are some track-related construction elements that are dependent on the completion of the ATC design.”
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