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This story was updated at 4:30 p.m. on April 8, 2013.

Now that design firm Parsons Brinckerhoff has committed to engineer the fixes at the Silver Spring Transit Center, Montgomery County officials hope to begin remediation work at the site by late summer, according to an April 5 memo to County Council President Nancy Navarro.

David Dise, director for the county’s Department of General Services, is scheduled to brief the full county council Tuesday about the two-month design and validation period. Management from Parsons Brinckerhoff, the original designer for the project that was selected to engineer the fixes, will meet with county officials Wednesday to establish a schedule, according to the document from Dise.

County spokesman Patrick Lacefield told The Gazette Monday afternoon that general contractor, Rockville-based Foulger-Pratt Cos., has agreed to replace the pour strips that did not have post-tensioning in them. Lacefield said there is no timeline for the work yet.

For the next two months the remediation plan will be reviewed, commented on and approved by the Washington Area Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the county’s Department of Permitting Services, according to the memo. Foulger-Pratt, the general contractor for the project, will then carry out those approved fixes.

The memo also stated that Facchina Construction Company, Inc. — Foulger-Pratt’s subcontractor responsible for pouring the concrete at the center — has “stated its intent to comply with the County’s directive” to bring the concrete areas lacking post-tensioning up to code.

The county also received a letter from project inspector Robert B Balter Company saying they contest the findings in the report from Washington, D.C.-based KCE Structural Engineers that was delivered to the county last month, Dise’s memo says. The county has not yet received Balter’s analysis on the report’s findings.

Dise is scheduled to brief the County Council on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

The Silver Spring Transit Center — a $112 million transit hub project on the corner of Colesville Road and Wayne Avenue in downtown Silver Spring — was expected to open in 2011. A series of cracks found in the structure and disparities in the thickness of the concrete at the center have delayed the project’s opening by nearly two years so far and it’s unclear when the center will be open for business.

krose@gazette.net