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A parking garage at the Twinbrook Metro station has been delayed in opening due to cracks in the concrete.

The new, 426-space garage has extensive cracks, according to Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority board documents, and Metro has been unwilling to accept it. Because the garage needs repairs, construction on the rest of the project has been delayed.

The cracks do not pose a structural issue, said Caroline Lukas, WMATA spokeswoman.

Stan Wall, Metro’s director of real estate, emphasized that the problems with the Twinbrook garage are nowhere near as significant as those at the beleaguered Silver Spring Transit Center.

“I call them defects, more ... than anything ground shaking,” Wall said.

The problems were discovered sometime last fall, Wall said.

The JBG Companies are developing the property under an agreement with WMATA. JBG’s contractor, Coakley & Williams, had resisted Metro’s specifications for repairs to the garage, but the contractor is now prepared to make repairs and warranty its work for the next 10 years, according to WMATA board documents.

“We are not quite there yet, but we are very close to reaching an agreement with WMATA on the garage,” JBG spokesman Charles Maier said.

Wall said the repairs will involve filling in the cracks and covering the entire garage with a layer of sealant, and he expects them to be completed in June.

“This is not a contentious issue,” Wall said. “The developer is our partner on this issue, and they are solving it.”

Wall said the Twinbrook Metro station still has surface parking available, but it will be closed for construction on the next phase of development.

“We can’t take away that parking before we get that garage fixed for those commuters,” Wall said.

ewaibel@gazette.net