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Officials: Transit Center re-opening date to be unveiled in ‘weeks’

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Caution tape blocks off the area around Salesforce Transit Center following its closure due to the discovery of a cracked steel beam on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

When will the Salesforce Transit Center reopen?

While the big question regarding San Francisco’s $2.2 billion transit terminal remains unanswered, officials on Thursday said they will have enough information on repair plans for the terminal cracked steel beams to set a date for reopening within “weeks.”

“We really hope that should be in the next few months,” Transbay Joint Powers Authority Executive Director Mark Zabaneh said of the reopening date.

In the meantime, he said, “we continue to find no additional issues” in subsequent inspections.

Those structural beam cracks originated from where weld access holes were cut into them, a lead investigator said in December.

The holes were pinpointed as a likely cause for the cracks in the 4-inch thick steel beams over Fremont Street following analysis of samples tested by a New York lab, the Examiner previously reported.

Those cracks were first noticed in September, a little over one month after the $2.2 billion bus terminal with a rooftop park opened to the public, prompting its indefinite closure.

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