Concrete in transit center strong enough

The Mirror

Concrete core samples taken at the transit center being built in downtown Federal Way caused some concern recently, but according to Sound Transit, the project is fine and moving forward.

During routine sampling from various spots around the structure in May, concrete in some sections on two floors was found not to meet specified strengths. After closer analysis with the contractor, Sound Transit officials concluded the floors are strong enough.

“The consultant analyzed all the concrete and determined the garage meets structural and code requirements,” Sound Transit spokesman Lee Somerstein said.

Construction of the five-story, 1,200-stall garage and bus bays is expected to be finished and the center operational early next year.

The project is costing approximately $39 million.

In conjunction with the transit center project, the state Department of Transportation is building an Interstate 5 junction at South 317th Street.

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