Builder blames Montgomery county for transit hub

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - The contractor that has overseen construction of the troubled Silver Spring Transit Center is blaming Montgomery County officials for problems that have plagued the project.

Bryant Foulger, a principal of the Foulger-Pratt Companies, says the county provided incomplete designs and inadequate oversight for building the $112 million bus-and-rail hub.

An engineering report found problems with the transit center, including concrete and steel reinforcement that's insufficiently strong. Three levels must bear the weight of large buses.

A county lawyer says Foulger-Pratt is trying to shift blame for defective construction onto the county.

It's not clear how much it will cost to fix the problems. The project is already two years behind schedule.

Metro would operate the complex but could reject the structure if it's not satisfied with the fixes.