: News

Heat Causes Work Slowdown On Dulles Metro Project

Play associated audio
Local politicians in Northern Virginia and now in D.C. say an underground station is far too expensive and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood agreed with them.
David Schultz
Local politicians in Northern Virginia and now in D.C. say an underground station is far too expensive and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood agreed with them.

By David Schultz

Construction workers building the extension of Metro out to Dulles Airport have been sent home early the past two days due to extreme heat.

By mid-afternoon, most workers are gone from the Dulles Metrorail project's construction site in Northern Virginia, although a few remain.

Marcia McAllister, the project's chief spokesperson, says the cost of sending some 300 workers home early is not a factor.

"Safety is the primary issue," says McAllister. "The safety of our workers is the only issue that's being considered at this point."

But exactly how much are these early-release days costing this publicly-funded megaproject? McAllister wouldn't say.

Brian Turmail, with the trade group Associated General Contractors of America, says the schedules for most construction projects of this size are pretty flexible.

"Most good contractors worth their salt will actually build into their construction schedules and their plans some amount of weather-related delays," says Turmail.

But Turmail says contractors usually assume those delays will come as a result of rain or snow, not stifling, triple-digit heat.

WAMU 88.5

Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

NPR

The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.
WAMU 88.5

What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

NPR

Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey

It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.