Repairs to San Francisco transit center now include replacement of rooftop walkway

Work continues to shore up cracked beams; reopening date still unknown
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SAN FRANCISCO — The troubled Transbay Transit Center has a new problem: a pathway through the rooftop park is degrading and needs replacement, even though the park has been off limits since the facility was closed last September.

KCBS Radio reports that divots had begun appearing in the pathway, made of decomposed granite, during the six weeks it was open before the transit center’s closure. The cost of replacement is likely to be more than $1 million.

Meanwhile, work continues on repairing the cracked support beams that led to the closure of the facility overseen by the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, which opened as a bus terminal but is supposed to eventually be the San Francisco station for the state’s high speed rail system. [See “San Francisco’s transit center to remain closed until at least June,” Trains News Wire, Feb. 4, 2019.] Steel plates designed to shore up the damaged beams, as well as a similar beam that did not crack, arrived at the facility earlier this month, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Each of the plates will be attached with 224 high-strength bolts to reinforce the beams. Full repairs won’t be completed until June.

No date has been set for reopening the facility, however, as a full review of the construction process is continuing to assure there are no additional problems, and a review of the process of determining what caused the cracks is also continuing.

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