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Metrorail extension project is behind schedule

Wednesday - 8/17/2011, 4:21am  ET

WASHINGTON - Construction of the $7 billion Metrorail extension to Dulles Airport is as much as six months behind schedule despite claims by officials that it remains on time and on budget.

A progress report obtained by The Washington Examiner ( http://bit.ly/prkxvt) shows that the project's contractor first reported in July that it was 188 days behind schedule.

The delay means the first phase of the so-called Silver Line would open in June 2014 instead of late 2013, as promised. Officials in charge of the project declined to estimate the additional cost, but construction averages $40 million a month.

Officials say there is only $83 million left in a $300 million contingency fund established to cover unexpected expenses during the first phase, which would extend Metrorail through Tysons Corner to Reston, Va.

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Information from: The Washington Examiner, http://www.washingtonexaminer.com


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