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Design, permitting complete on Metro’s Silver Line extension

The board of directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority was briefed on the status of the Silver Line project. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)

WASHINGTON — Crews working on the extension of Metro’s Silver Line have been making progress on schedule, and construction on the project is now 35 to 40 percent complete, project leaders said Wednesday.

Six new stations along the extended line are being built to serve areas of Reston, Herndon, Dulles International Airport, and eventually Ashburn.

“The design is 100 percent complete and everything has been permitted for construction,” said Charles Stark, executive director of the rail project.

Stark gave an update Wednesday to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors.

“With 100 percent of the design completed, that has enabled us to do construction from one end of the project to another,” he said.

Significant work is currently being done at the airport station, where crews are starting track installation.

“We’re actually lifting rails up and putting rails on the deck for the trains,” said Stark.

Significant progress also is being made at the Innovation Center, Herndon and Reston Town Center stations.

All of this work is known as Phase Two of the Silver Line project. Phase One, which runs from East Falls Church with four stations in Tysons Corner and one in Reston, opened in July 2014.

People should be able to ride trains through the six new stations by the year 2020.

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