It could take at least another 2 weeks to shore up the Salesforce Transit Center

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It could be another two weeks, before Fremont Street reopens to vehicle traffic. Officials with the Transbay Joint Powers Authority say they need to keep the street closed, as they continue to shore up the Salesforce Transit Center.

 

On Tuesday morning, Fremont and Howard streets were still construction zones, with equipment like  hydraulic jacks and vertical steel beams still present.

 

On Monday might,  engineers  said Fremont Street will stay closed to traffic at least until Oct. 12 at the earliest.

It was one week ago when a routine inspection showed a crack in one of the horizontal support beams holding up the transit center bus deck. An additional inspection revealed a second cracked beam.

 

On Sunday morning, construction crews brought in a temporary support system to gently push up, and off-load the weight from those two cracked support beams.

 

Once they finish setting up that support system, they can do some additional tests to figure out why those two beams cracked in the first place, said construction manager Dennis Turchon.

 

According to the executive director of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority,  once the temporary stabilizing work is done, they're going to take some samples of the steel beams that cracked and send them to a lab to see if there's something wrong with the materials used.

 

But it could take about a week or more to get the test results back. And they can't gather the samples until the stabilizing work is done.

 

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