Dennis Terchon with the Transbay Joint Powers Authority during a tour of the Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco.

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Repairs to Beleaguered Salesforce Transit Center Continue

Jeffrey Schaub
April 10, 2019 - 2:08 pm

SAN FRANCISCO — Construction workers have taken a major step toward replacing cracked steel beams inside the beleaguered Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco.

But there’s still no exact date when the sprawling $2-billion facility will reopen.

Eight months after the center was closed, workers have begun installing a series of bowed steel plates.

“What the crews have been doing now is they fit them up and make sure they get them lined up right,” Dennis Terchon with the Transbay Joint Powers Authority said during a tour of the work site.

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It’s on the bus deck right above Fremont Street, where, last summer, inspectors located several cracks in steel beams installed to hold up the facility. Now, workers are installing 9-foot-long reinforced steel plates that will be sandwiched below those cracked beams to make the structure sound.

The work should be completed by June 1, which will be followed with yet another inspection.  

“We have an independent review,” Terchon said. “There’s been many eyes on this, and we’re very confident.”

The transit center could reopen sometime this summer.