1st Metro surge to end on time

WASHINGTON — The first round of Metro’s round-the-clock rehabilitation work on the Orange and Silver lines will wrap up on time Thursday.

Metro said that workers were able to accomplish more than expected while one of the tracks between East Falls Church and Ballston was out of service.

According to Metro, 96 percent of the planned work had been completed by the end of the day on Monday before a piece of track equipment derailed and possibly made contact with a Silver Line train.

Even though work was suspended overnight following that incident between East Falls Church and Ballston, the work zone is set to end on time Thursday, leaving Friday clear of rush-hour track work.

Metro reported that crews and contractors have repaired nearly three times the number of leaks than planned. In addition, crews have replaced rail fasteners and third-rail insulators, and cleared drains along the stretch of track.

Metro says less than half of work on the traction power systems have been completed.

Other tasks that are expected to be completed by the end of the work this week include maintenance on the third rail, replacement of more rail ties and improvements to the track bed.

Beginning Saturday, the second work zone will shut down an entire stretch of track affecting Blue, Orange and Silver line service.

Metro has scheduled another 13 work zones through the end of next March. Three years worth of repairs and maintenance are expected to be completed during the 10-month rehabilitation program.

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