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16 May 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Construction Update | May 17 – May. 26

Work to prepare for surface track construction on 4th Street involves locating and moving underground utilities.

Work to prepare for surface track construction on 4th Street involves locating and moving underground utilities.

At 4th and Bryant I-80 off-ramp, three lanes may be closed on weeknights from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. and one lane may be closed during the daytime from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In Union Square, one traffic lane will be closed from Geary to Powell from 8p.m. to 4a.m. starting Tuesday, May 20.

At 1455 Stockton Street, the contractor will be demobilizing and delivering oversize equipment next Wednesday, May 21 to Friday, May 23 between the hours of 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

During the next 10 days, Central Subway work will continue at sites in SoMa, Union Square, Chinatown and North Beach. This section contains brief updates about what is happening in each neighborhood. For more detailed information, click here or on the links below. We also post construction, traffic detour and Muni impact information on our project Google Map.

Southern SoMa (Harrison to King/Berry): Potholing for utilities will continue next week on 4th Street between Bryant and King. A temporary walkway is in place around the construction zone. At the tunnel launch box on 4th Street between Harrison and Bryant, tunneling continues with both TBMs. Three lanes of the I-80 off-ramp at 4th and Bryant may be closed weeknights from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. One lane of the I-80 off-ramp at 4th and Bryant may be closed during the daytime from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Northern SoMa (Market to Harrison)At 4th and Folsom, work to prepare for the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. This will include construction of the station walls within the work site and water line replacement at the intersection Fourth and Folsom. Night work is planned for these activities.

Union Square: Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary is closed to vehicular traffic and partial closure to vehicular traffic between Geary to Post to allow for construction of the Union Square/Market Street Station. Work is underway to excavate material before constructing station walls. Construction hours will be Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Starting Tuesday, May 20, one traffic lane will be closed on Geary between Stockton and Powell from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Chinatown:  The contractor has started station wall construction within the future station site and on the adjacent section of Washington Street.

North Beach: Work will continue at 1455 Stockton and 1731-1741 Powell. Sewer, roadway and sidewalk restoration on Columbus and Union will continue and is expected to be completed by the 3nd quarter of 2014.

We appreciate your patience and support while we build this essential upgrade to San Francisco’s public transportation system.

09 May 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Construction Update | May 10 – May. 19

At the intersection of Ellis and Stockton, the tunneling contractor has restored this work zone and handed it over to the station contractor.

At the intersection of Ellis and Stockton, the tunneling contractor has restored this work zone and handed it over to the station contractor.

During the next 10 days, Central Subway work will continue at sites in SoMa, Union Square, Chinatown and North Beach. This section contains brief updates about what is happening in each neighborhood. For more detailed information, click here or on the links below. We also post construction, traffic detour and Muni impact information on our project Google Map.

Southern SoMa (Harrison to King/Berry): Potholing for utilities will continue next week on 4th Street between Bryant and King. A temporary walkway is in place around the construction zone. At the tunnel launch box on 4th Street between Harrison and Bryant, tunneling continues with both TBMs. Three lanes of the I-80 off-ramp at 4th and Bryant may be closed Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. One lane of the I-80 off-ramp at 4th and Bryant may be closed Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Northern SoMa (Market to Harrison)At 4th and Folsom, work to prepare for the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. This will include demolishing the roadway within the construction zone to prepare to construct underground station walls at 4th and Folsom at night. At 4th and Jessie, crews are potholing for utilities and will be installing a manhole in the next few weeks.

Union Square: Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary is closed to vehicular traffic and partial closure to vehicular traffic between Geary to Post to allow for construction of the Union Square/Market Street Station. Work is underway to excavate material before constructing station walls. Construction hours will be Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Chinatown:  The contractor has started station wall construction within the future station site and on the adjacent section of Washington Street.

North Beach: Work will continue at 1455 Stockton and 1731-1741 Powell. Sewer, roadway and sidewalk restoration on Columbus and Union will continue and is expected to be completed by the 3nd quarter of 2014.

We appreciate your patience and support while we build this essential upgrade to San Francisco’s public transportation system.

02 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Construction Update | May 3 – May 12

The Yerba Buena/Moscone Station work site, as seen from the rooftop of a nearby building.

The Yerba Buena/Moscone Station work site, as seen from the rooftop of a nearby building.

During the next 10 days, Central Subway work will continue at sites in SoMa, Union Square, Chinatown and North Beach. This section contains brief updates about what is happening in each neighborhood. For more detailed information, click here or on the links below. We also post construction, traffic detour and Muni impact information on our project Google Map.

Southern SoMa (Harrison to King/Berry): Potholing for utilities will continue next week on 4th Street between Bryant and King. A temporary walkway is in place around the construction zone. At the tunnel launch box on 4th Street between Harrison and Bryant, tunneling continues with both TBMs.

Northern SoMa (Market to Harrison)At 4th and Folsom, work to prepare for the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. This will include demolishing the roadway within the construction zone to prepare to construct underground station walls at 4th and Folsom at night.

Union Square: Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary is closed to vehicular traffic and partial closure to vehicular traffic between Geary to Post to allow for construction of the Union Square/Market Street Station. Work is underway to excavate material before constructing station walls. Construction hours will be Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Chinatown:  The contractor has started station wall construction within the future station site and on the adjacent section of Washington Street.

North Beach: Work will continue at 1455 Stockton and 1731-1741 Powell. Sewer, roadway and sidewalk restoration on Columbus and Union will continue and is expected to be completed by the 2nd quarter of 2014.

We appreciate your patience and support while we build this essential upgrade to San Francisco’s public transportation system.

25 April 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Construction Update | Apr. 26 – May 5

In North Beach, we have constructed this shaft, which will be used to remove the two tunnel boring machines from the ground when they arrive in the coming months.

In North Beach, we have constructed this shaft, which will be used to remove the two tunnel boring machines from the ground when they arrive in the coming months.

During the next 10 days, Central Subway work will continue at sites in SoMa, Union Square, Chinatown and North Beach. This section contains brief updates about what is happening in each neighborhood. For more detailed information, click here or on the links below. We also post construction, traffic detour and Muni impact information on our project Google Map.

Southern SoMa (Harrison to King/Berry): Potholing for utilities will continue next week on 4th Street between Bryant and King. A temporary walkway is in place around the construction zone. At the tunnel launch box on 4th Street between Harrison and Bryant, tunneling continues with both TBMs.

Northern SoMa (Market to Harrison)At 4th and Folsom, work to prepare for the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. This will include demolishing the roadway within the construction zone to prepare to construct underground station walls at 4th and Folsom at night.

Union Square: Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary is closed to vehicular traffic and partial closure to vehicular traffic between Geary to Post to allow for construction of the Union Square/Market Street Station. Work is underway to excavate material before constructing station walls. Construction hours will be Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Chinatown:  The contractor has started station wall construction within the future station site and on the adjacent section of Washington Street.

North Beach: Work will continue at 1455 Stockton and 1731-1741 Powell. Sewer, roadway and sidewalk restoration on Columbus and Union will continue and is expected to be completed by the 2nd quarter of 2014.

We appreciate your patience and support while we build this essential upgrade to San Francisco’s public transportation system.

18 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Construction Update | Apr. 19 – Apr. 28

Crews demolishing and removing underground obstacles using rotary drill rigs and steel casings to keep the soil from caving in.

Crews demolishing and removing underground obstacles using rotary drill rigs and steel casings to keep the soil from caving in.

During the next 10 days, Central Subway work will continue at sites in SoMa, Union Square, Chinatown and North Beach. This section contains brief updates about what is happening in each neighborhood. For more detailed information, click here or on the links below. We also post construction, traffic detour and Muni impact information on our project Google Map.

Southern SoMa (Harrison to King/Berry): Potholing for utilities will continue next week on 4th Street between Bryant and King. A temporary walkway is in place around the construction zone. At the tunnel launch box on 4th Street between Harrison and Bryant, tunneling continues with both TBMs.

Northern SoMa (Market to Harrison)At 4th and Folsom, work to prepare for the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. This will include demolishing the roadway within the construction zone to prepare to construct underground station walls at 4th and Folsom at night.

Union Square: Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary is closed to vehicular traffic and partial closure to vehicular traffic between Geary to Post to allow for construction of the Union Square/Market Street Station. Work is underway to excavate material before constructing station walls. Construction hours will be Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Chinatown:  The contractor has started station wall construction within the future station site and on the adjacent section of Washington Street.

North Beach: Work will continue at 1455 Stockton and 1731-1741 Powell. Sewer, roadway and sidewalk restoration on Columbus and Union will continue and is expected to be completed by the end of April.

We appreciate your patience and support while we build this essential upgrade to San Francisco’s public transportation system.

11 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Construction Update | April 12-21

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4th Street between Market to Stevenson has been repaved and reopened to traffic.

During the next 10 days, Central Subway work will continue at sites in SoMa, Union Square, Chinatown and North Beach. This section contains brief updates about what is happening in each neighborhood. For more detailed information, scroll down or click on the links below. We also post construction, traffic detour and Muni impact information on our project Google Map.

Southern SoMa (Harrison to King/Berry): Potholing for utilities will continue next week on 4th Street between Bryant and King. A temporary walkway is in place around the construction zone. At the tunnel launch box on 4th Street between Harrison and Bryant, tunneling continues with both TBMs.

Northern SoMa (Market to Harrison): At 4th and Folsom, work to prepare for the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. This will include demolishing the roadway within the construction zone to prepare to construct underground station walls at 4th and Folsom at night.

Union Square: Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary is closed to vehicular traffic and partial closure to vehicular traffic between Geary to Post to allow for construction of the Union Square/Market Street Station. Work is underway to excavate material before constructing station walls. Construction hours will be Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Chinatown: The contractor has started station wall construction within the future station site and on the adjacent section of Washington Street.

North Beach: Work will continue at 1455 Stockton and 1731-1741 Powell. Sewer, roadway and sidewalk restoration on Columbus and Union will continue and is expected to be completed by the end of April.

We appreciate your patience and support while we build this essential upgrade to San Francisco’s public transportation system.

-The Central Subway Team

04 April 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Construction Update | Apr. 05 – Apr. 14

In North Beach, we have poured the concrete floor of the tunnel boring machine retrieval shaft.

In North Beach, we have poured the concrete floor of the tunnel boring machine retrieval shaft.

During the next 10 days, Central Subway work will continue at sites in SoMa, Union Square, Chinatown and North Beach. This section contains brief updates about what is happening in each neighborhood. For more detailed information, scroll down or click this link. We also post construction, traffic detour and Muni impact information on our project Google Map.

Southern SoMa (Harrison to King/Berry): Potholing for utilities will continue next week on 4th Street between Bryant and King. A temporary walkway is in place around the construction zone. At the tunnel launch box on 4th Street between Harrison and Bryant, tunneling continues with both TBMs.

Northern SoMa (Market to Harrison): On 4th Street between Market and Stevenson, and 4th Street between Folsom and Harrison, roadway restoration work is now complete. At 4th and Folsom, work to prepare for the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. This will include soil test drilling at 4th and Folsom at night, as well as demolishing the roadway within the construction zone to prepare to construct underground station walls. This work will be noisy.

Union Square: Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary is closed to vehicular traffic to allow for construction of the Union Square/Market Street Station. Work is underway to excavate material before constructing station walls. Construction hours will be Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Chinatown: The contractor will start station wall construction within the future station site and on the adjacent section of Washington Street.

North Beach: Work will continue at 1455 Stockton and 1731-1741 Powell. At 1731-1741 Powell, construction will pause this Saturday, April 5. Sewer, roadway and sidewalk restoration on Columbus and Union will continue next week and is expected to be completed by the end of April.

We appreciate your patience and support while we build this essential upgrade to San Francisco’s public transportation system.

-The Central Subway Team

28 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Construction Update | Mar. 29 – Apr. 07

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This device (left) is called a hydromill. It is now being used in Chinatown to help build underground station walls.

During the next 10 days, Central Subway work will continue at sites in SoMa, Union Square, Chinatown and North Beach. This section contains brief updates about what is happening in each neighborhood. For more detailed information, scroll down or click here. We also post construction, traffic detour and Muni impact information on our project Google Map.

Southern SoMa (Harrison to King/Berry): Potholing for utilities will continue next week on 4th Street between Bryant and King. A temporary walkway is in place around the construction zone. At the tunnel launch box on 4th Street between Harrison and Bryant, tunneling continues with both TBMs.

Northern SoMa (Market to Harrison): On 4th between Market and Stevenson and 4th Street between Folsom and Harrison, ground improvement work is now complete, and roadway restoration work is now underway. At 4th and Folsom, work to prepare for the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. This will include soil test drilling at 4th and Folsom at night, as well as demolishing the roadway within the construction zone to prepare to construct underground station walls. This work will be noisy. Pavement restoration continues at the corner of 4th and Harrison Streets.

Union Square: Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary is closed to vehicular traffic to allow for construction of the Union Square/Market Street Station. Work is underway to excavate material before constructing station walls. Construction hours will be extended from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chinatown: The contractor will start station wall construction within the future station site and on the adjacent section of Washington Street.

North Beach: Work will continue at 1455 Stockton and 1731-1741 Powell. At 1731-1741 Powell, construction may be in progress  this Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Sewer, roadway and sidewalk restoration on Columbus and Union will continue next week and is expected to be completed by the end of April.  This Saturday, March 29, construction will be in progress from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Deliveries of concrete to the retrieval shaft is scheduled to begin at 3 a.m. on either April 1 or April 2.

We appreciate your patience and support while we build this essential upgrade to San Francisco’s public transportation system.

-The Central Subway Team

21 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Construction Update | Mar. 22 – 31

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At the corner of Ellis and Stockton, these machines are used to remove abandoned utilities.

During the next 10 days, Central Subway work will continue at sites in SoMa, Union Square, Chinatown and North Beach. This section contains brief updates about what is happening in each neighborhood. For more detailed information, scroll down or click here. We also post construction, traffic detour and Muni impact information on our project Google Map.

Southern SoMa (Harrison to King/Berry): Potholing for utilities will continue next week on 4th Street between Bryant and King. A temporary walkway is in place around the construction zone. At the tunnel launch box on 4th Street between Harrison and Bryant, tunneling continues with both TBMs.

Northern SoMa (Market to Harrison): On 4th between Market and Stevenson and 4th Street between Folsom and Harrison, ground improvement work is now complete, and roadway restoration work is now underway. At 4th and Folsom, work to prepare for the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. This will include soil test drilling at 4th and Folsom at night, as well as demolishing the roadway within the construction zone to prepare to construct underground station walls. This work will be noisy.

Union Square: Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary is closed to vehicular traffic to allow for construction of the Union Square/Market Street Station. Work is underway to excavate material before constructing station walls. Construction hours will be extended from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chinatown: The contractor will start station wall construction within the future station site and on the adjacent section of Washington Street.

North Beach: Work will continue at 1455 Stockton and 1731-1741 Powell. At 1731-1741 Powell, construction may be in progress  this Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Sewer, roadway and sidewalk restoration on Columbus and Union will continue next week and is expected to be completed by the end of April.  Trucks may arrive to deliver concrete on March 29 or 31st from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m.

We appreciate your patience and support while we build this essential upgrade to San Francisco’s public transportation system.

-The Central Subway Team

14 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Construction Update | Mar. 15 – 24

Looking south into the 4th Street tunnel boring machine launch box from the northbound tunnel.

During the next 10 days, Central Subway work will continue at sites in SoMa, Union Square, Chinatown and North Beach. This section contains brief updates about what is happening in each neighborhood. For more detailed information, click here or on the links below. We also post construction, traffic detour and Muni impact information on our project Google Map.

Southern SoMa (Harrison to King/Berry): Potholing for utilities will continue next week on 4th Street between Bryant and King. A temporary walkway is in place around the construction zone. At the tunnel launch box on 4th Street between Harrison and Bryant, tunneling continues with both TBMs.

Northern SoMa (Market to Harrison): On 4th between Market and Stevenson and 4th Street between Folsom and Harrison, ground improvement work is now complete, and roadway restoration work is now underway. At 4th and Folsom, work to prepare for the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. This may include excavating a high-pressure water line at 4th and Folsom at night, as well as demolishing the roadway within the construction zone to prepare to construct underground station walls. This work will be noisy.

Union Square: Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary is closed to vehicular traffic to allow for construction of the Union Square/Market Street Station. Work is underway to construct shallow underground walls in preparation for the station construction.

Chinatown: The contractor will start station wall construction within the future station site and on the adjacent section of Washington Street.

North Beach: Work will continue at 1455 Stockton and 1731-1741 Powell. At 1731-1741 Powell, construction may be in progress on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Sewer, roadway and sidewalk restoration on Columbus and Union will commence on Monday and is expected to be complete by the end of April.

We appreciate your patience and support while we build this essential upgrade to San Francisco’s public transportation system.

-The Central Subway Team