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WMATA again delays Potomac Yard station opening

The delay is due in part to unexpected site conditions, as well as the contractor's failure to meet the project deadline, WMATA officials said.
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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has again delayed completion of the Potomac Yard Station project.

The project's completion is delayed due to the contractor not meeting the project delivery deadline, WMATA officials said in a press release. The agency awarded a $213.7 million contract to a joint venture between Halmar International and Schiavone Construction Co. in 2018.

The station was scheduled to reopen in late October, but completion has been extended to 2023. WMATA officials did not provide a more specific completion date.

The process to ensure proper signal integration, build and connect new tracks to the future station and complete all safety-critical work necessary to operate service began in early September, WMATA officials said. Now, work to tie in new tracks will end Nov. 5, two weeks later than originally planned.

Crews discovered issues with the underlying soil that affected the structural stability of the ground beneath the tracks, WMATA officials said. Reinforcing the ground would require the removal of any work already completed and the excavation of more soil beneath 1,400 feet of track before installing new subgrade materials, they added.

WMATA previously delayed the opening of the station from spring to fall this year because the original design of the automatic train control (ATC) system did not meet important operational safety requirements. The ATC system helps prevent trains from operating too close to each other.

WMATA is also extending the closure of six stations due to "unexpected site conditions and remediation efforts" for the future Potomac Yard Station, WMATA officials said. The stations were supposed to reopen in three weeks.

Potomac Yard Station is being built at National Landing on WMATA's Blue and Yellow lines between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Braddock Road stations.

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