Jack on Fremont Street beneath cracked beam at Salesforce Transit Center

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Fremont Street Reopens To Traffic On Monday

KCBS Radio Weekend News
October 14, 2018 - 6:35 pm

A vital stretch of Fremont Street outside of the Salesforce Transit Center will reopen to traffic and pedestrians before rush hour on Monday morning, officials announced on Sunday, weeks after the discovery of significant damage to the bus terminal forced its closure.

The disruption to Fremont Street, between Howard and Mission streets, had exacerbated congestion in downtown San Francisco. 

The $2.2-billion Salesforce Transit Center, which had opened to much hype in August, will remain closed indefinitely, a Transbay Joint Powers Authority spokesperson said. 

The problems arose on September 25 when workers installing panels discovered a cracked steel beam inside the transit center. Inspections revealed that a second beam was also damaged

"The temporary closure was conducted as a safety measure out of an abundance of caution after conferring with design engineers and contractors," a statement from the Transbay Joint Powers Authority on Sunday said. 

Crews installed a shoring system that's enabled officials to permit traffic to return to Fremont Street. A similar protective measure is being built on a First Street. 

Bus service will continue to operate from the Temporary Transbay Terminal on Howard and Main streets while the Salesforce Transit Center is shuttered.