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Fremont Street Re-Opening Pushed Back

SF Officials Now Target October 17

KCBS Radio Morning News
October 11, 2018 - 7:20 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) -- Columns designed to take the pressure off cracked beams in San Francisco's Salesforce Transbay Transit Center have been installed on Fremont Street and First Street.

But officials said Wednesday that it would be another week before Fremont Street would be opened to traffic. In announcing the October 17th target date,  Transbay Joint Powers Authority executive director Mark Zabaneh said, "It is important that we have an extremely robust shoring system to ensure that all levels of the transit center are safe and secure."

When Fremont Street re-opens, motorists will be forced around barricades protecting the temporary columns. No date has been set for the return of buses to the transit center. They will continue to use a temporary facility a few blocks away.

The September  25 discovery of  a cracked beam prompted officials to shut down the newly-opened  transit center and rooftop park. Fremont Street, which runs beneath the transit center, was closed as well.  A second cracked beam was later discovered.

Re-opening the center is not likely to end questions about the project. San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin wants more accountability, questioning the ability of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority to manage the project,

"I don't want to sound mean," Peskin told KCBS Radio, "but I don't think the folks who delivered the first phase, which is $800 million over budget, are the folks who should be delivering the second phase" of the massive project.