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Crews begin work to shore up cracked Salesforce Transit Center beams

Crews working through the night at the Salesforce Transit Center have started removing ceiling panels, light fixtures, and relocating Muni overhead wires to prepare for the installation of reinforcements to shore up two cracked steel beams discovered this week, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority announced Thursday.

No additional fissures were found.

The agency said the shoring system is currently being designed and materials are being acquired. Work could begin as early as this weekend, they said.

“Safety remains our top priority,” TJPA Executive Director Mark Zabaneh said in a written statement. “We are working expeditiously to address these repairs so that we can reopen Fremont Street and the transit center, but our work will be thorough and rigorous.”

A cracked steel beam was first discovered on Tuesday, prompting the closure of the $2.2 billion transit center “out of an abundance of caution,” TJPA officials said. A second fissure was discovered on Wednesday after additional inspections. Both cracked beams are located above Fremont Street, which has been blocked off between Mission and Howard streets since Tuesday afternoon.

The transit center has remained closed and bus operations have been relocated to the Temporary Transbay Terminal at Howard and Main Streets, which served as the replacement terminal for eight years during the construction of the new transit center.

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