The process to start building the second phase of Metro’s new Silver Line is on hold while Loudoun County officials decide whether to support the project, according to the authority overseeing construction.
The request for contractors to submit price quotes was supposed to go out in early March, with bids being accepted by the end of the year and a winner being chosen by early 2013, according to officials at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Construction would start in the spring of 2013 and the project would take four to five years to complete.
But the requests haven’t gone out, as MWAA waits to see if Loudoun is in or out on the deal.
Loudoun has until July 4 to decide whether it is putting up its share — 4.8 percent — of the estimated $2.8 billion construction cost on the second phase of the Silver Line, which is planned to run from Reston to Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun.