The new, $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco could remain closed for weeks as crews work to implement fixes to ensure the safety and structural integrity of the facility, transit authorities said during a Tuesday meeting of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors.
The transit center was shut down Sept. 25 after work crews discovered a crack in a steel beam on the third level of the structure that crosses over Fremont Street. A second, parallel beam was found with signs of cracking shortly after.
“My goal is weeks, not months” for a permanent fix to allow buses to return to the transit center, TJPA Executive Director Mark Zabaneh said Tuesday. A date for opening the transit center was not given.
Crews are working toward shoring up the affected area temporarily to take the load off the cracked beams, which would allow for the reopening of Fremont Street under the bus deck by Oct. 12. Hydraulic jacks situated in the center of Fremont Street are providing temporary support to the structure.
"And that’s an important milestone because that’s the milestone where the structure would be deemed safe and all the weight would be take off those two girders," said Dennis Turchon, senior construction manager with the TJPA.