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22 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Central Subway provides backdrop for House Leader Nancy Pelosi

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Director Ed Reiskin, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee at future Yerba Buena/Moscone Station Site

Pictured from left to right: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Director Ed Reiskin, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

On August 12, House Minority Leader Pelosi was joined by Mayor Lee and SFMTA Director Reiskin near the future site of the Central Subway Yerba Buena/Moscone Station.

Each speaker emphasized the importance of investing in mass transit. It was also noted that by building infrastructure there is an investment in San Francisco’s future generation.

The Central Subway will significantly improve the public transportation network in San Francisco and provide connections to BART, Caltrain, Muni Metro, Muni bus routes, Muni cable car lines, and in the future, high-speed rail. The T-Line extension is expected to open in 2019.

House Minority Leader Pelosi

House Minority Leader Pelosi

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

Mayor Lee

SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin

SFMTA Director Reiskin

 

15 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Project Advancements | August 16 – August 25, 2014

Cleanup of the northbound and southbound tunnels continues at the launchbox site on 4th Street between Harrison and Bryant.

Cleanup of the northbound and southbound tunnels continues at the launchbox site on 4th Street between Harrison and Bryant.

During the next 10 days, Central Subway work continues at sites in SoMa, Union Square, Chinatown and North Beach. This post contains brief updates about what is happening in each neighborhood. For more detailed information, click here or on the links below. You can also find construction, traffic detour, and Muni impact information on our project Google Map. For safety reasons, we encourage the public to follow all traffic and pedestrian notifications posted at the work sites.

Southern SoMa (Harrison to King/Berry): On Townsend Street between 4th and 5th streets, work on utilities continues. Sewer line installation is scheduled to start August 25 on the west side of 4th Street between Brannan and Welsh streets. One parking lane and one traffic lane of this section will close from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Temporary walkways are in place around the construction zones.

Northern SoMa (Market to Harrison): At 4th and Folsom, work to build the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. This includes construction of the station walls within the work site and water line replacement at the intersection of 4th and Folsom. 4th Street from Howard to Folsom streets continues to have two traffic lanes available for travel.

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 for pile installation to construct the station walls. The west side of Stockton Street between Post and Geary is anticipated to reopen to one lane of traffic by August 22. Until then, please use alternate routes and follow construction signs.

Pile installation takes place at the southwest intersection of Stockton and O’Farrell streets until late September. One lane of travel will be open. Expect delays and please use alternative routes.

Muni service impact:
The bus stop at Geary and Stockton will be temporarily discontinued until September. Please board bus on Geary at Powell. Please check back the weekly Construction Update for the most current information on the re-opening of this stop.

Chinatown:  The contractor started station wall construction at the future station site at Stockton and Washington streets and on the adjacent section of Washington Street. Work to replace the water pipeline and install a new fire hydrant on Washington is ongoing. A section of the sidewalk at the northeast corner of the Washington and Stockton intersection has been demolished in order to install the new fire hydrant.

North Beach: Work continues at 1731-1741 Powell. Street restoration has been completed on Columbus Avenue between Filbert and Union. Sustainable Streets is scheduled to install new street lights and landscaping in the median on this portion of Columbus Avenue. This work will be completed by the end of 2014.

We thank the businesses, residents, shoppers, and commuters of San Francisco for their continued engagement with this significant investment in the extension of our public transportation system.

14 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Artist Tomie Arai discusses planned art installation for Chinatown Station

Tomie Arai

Tomie Arai

Artist Tomie Arai met with some of the San Francisco community on August 7 about her art installation for the future Central Subway Station in Chinatown. More than thirty people attended the event produced in conjunction with the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) and hosted by the Chinese Culture Center (CCC). The presentation was done both in English and translated into Chinese by Cathie Lam of Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC).

Mary Chou (SFAC)

Abby Chen, curator and artistic director of CCC, welcomed the artist Tomie Arai and introduced the SFAC public art representative Mary Chou.

Ms. Chou (SFAC) described the comprehensive public art program and how it will reflect the rich cultural and historical contexts within this area (see Central Subway Arts Master Plan). As explained by Chou, the purpose of this gathering was for the artist to receive input from the community.

The location of this installation will be a wrap around the outside top entrance of the station and two platform level pieces.

Arai's work will be at locations #1 (outside wraparound), #3a (platform level), and #3b (platform level).

Arai’s work will be at locations #1 (outside wraparound), #3a (platform level), and #3b (platform level).

The public informs the artist about their preferences for the station artwork.

Arai took the group through a series of slides that represented some of her previous art work. Much of her work has dealt with cultural identities. Her work tends to highlight and celebrate a community’s shared history. Arai’s goal is to tell a story about San Francisco’s Chinatown and her concept for her installation is “Urban Archeology.” Her vision for this art piece is to represent both the past and the present of the Chinatown community. A commemorative group photo of this important gathering can be seen below.

      Some of the community members with the artist Tomie Arai.

08 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Project Advancements | August 9 – August 18, 2014

Ongoing construction can be seen here at the Chinatown Station site at the corner of Washington and Stockton streets.

Ongoing construction can be seen here at the Chinatown Station site at the corner of Washington and Stockton streets.

During the next 10 days, Central Subway work continues at sites in SoMa, Union Square, Chinatown and North Beach. This post contains brief updates about what is happening in each neighborhood. For more detailed information, click here or on the links below. You can also find construction, traffic detour, and Muni impact information on our project Google Map. For safety reasons, we encourage the public to follow all traffic and pedestrian notifications posted at the work sites.

Southern SoMa (Harrison to King/Berry): On Townsend Street between 4th and 5th streets, work on utilities continues. Sewer line installation is scheduled to start in August on the west side of 4th Street between Brannan and Welsh streets. One parking lane and one traffic lane of this section will close from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Temporary walkways are in place around the construction zones.

Northern SoMa (Market to Harrison): At 4th and Folsom, work to build the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. This includes construction of the station walls within the work site and water line replacement at the intersection of 4th and Folsom. 4th Street from Howard to Folsom streets continues to have two traffic lanes available for travel.

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 for pile installation to construct the station walls. The west side of Stockton Street between Post and Geary is anticipated to reopen to one lane of traffic by August 15. Until then, please use alternate routes and follow construction signs.

Pile installation takes place at the southwest intersection of Stockton and O’Farrell streets until late September. One lane of travel will be open. Expect delays and please use alternative routes.

Muni service impact:
The bus stop at Geary and Stockton will be temporarily discontinued until September. Please board bus at Geary and Powell. Please check back on our weekly Construction Update for the most current information on the re-opening of this stop.

Chinatown: The contractor started station wall construction at the future station site and on the adjacent section of Washington Street. Work to replace high pressure water pipeline and install a new fire hydrant on Washington is ongoing. A section of the sidewalk at the northeast corner of the Washington and Stockton intersection is being demolished in order to install the new fire hydrant.

North Beach: Work continues at 1731-1741 Powell. Street restoration has been completed on Columbus Avenue between Filbert and Union. Sustainable Streets is installing new street lights and landscaping within the median on this portion of Columbus Avenue.

We thank the businesses, residents, shoppers, and commuters of San Francisco for their continued engagement with this significant investment in the extension of our public transportation system.

01 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Project Advancements | August 2 – August 11, 2014

Ongoing construction can be seen here at the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station site.

Ongoing construction can be seen here at the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station site.

During the next 10 days, Central Subway work continues 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. You can also find construction, traffic detour, and Muni impact information on our project Google Map. In addition, we have a new construction video here. For safety reasons, we encourage the public to follow all traffic and pedestrian notifications posted at the work sites.

Southern SoMa (Harrison to King/Berry): On Brannan and Townsend streets between 4th and 5th streets, work on utilities continues. Sewer line installation starts August 4 on the west side of 4th Street between Brannan and Welsh streets. One parking lane and one traffic lane of this section will close from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Temporary walkways are in place around the construction zones.

Northern SoMa (Market to Harrison): At 4th and Folsom, work to build the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. This includes construction of the station walls within the work site and water line replacement at the intersection of 4th and Folsom. 4th Street from Howard to Folsom streets continues to have a lane reduction overnight from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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 for pile installation to construct the station walls. The west side of Stockton Street between Post and Geary is anticipated to reopen to one lane of traffic on August 8. Until then, please use alternate routes and follow construction signs.

Pile installation takes place at the southwest intersection of Stockton and O’Farrell streets until late August. One lane of travel will be open. Expect delays and please use alternative routes.

Muni service impact:
The bus stop at Geary and Stockton will be temporarily discontinued until September. Please board bus at Geary and Powell. Please check back on our weekly Construction Update for the most current information on the re-opening of this stop.

Chinatown:  The contractor started station wall construction at the future station site and on the adjacent section of Washington Street. Work to replace high pressure water pipeline and install new fire hydrant on Washington is ongoing. A section of the sidewalk at the northeast corner of the Washington and Stockton intersection will be demolished in order to install a new fire hydrant.

North Beach: Work continues at 1731-1741 Powell. Street restoration has been completed on Columbus Avenue between Filbert and Union. Sustainable Streets is installing new street lights and landscaping within the median on this portion of Columbus Avenue.

We thank the businesses, residents, shoppers, and commuters of San Francisco for their continued engagement with this significant investment in the extension of our public transportation system.

25 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Project Advancements | July 26 – August 4, 2014

The cutter head of tunnel boring machine (TBM) Mom Chung can be seen in the background as workers disassemble the shield of TBM Big Alma.

The cutter head of tunnel boring machine (TBM) Mom Chung can be seen in the background as workers disassemble the shield of TBM Big Alma.

During the next 10 days, Central Subway work continues 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. You can also find construction, traffic detour, and Muni impact information on our project Google Map. For safety reasons, we encourage the public to follow all traffic and pedestrian notifications posted at the work sites.

Southern SoMa (Harrison to King/Berry): Potholing for utilities continues next week on 4th Street between Bryant and King. On Brannan between 4th and 5th Streets, work on utilities continues. Temporary walkways are in place around the construction zones.

Northern SoMa (Market to Harrison): At 4th and Folsom, work to build the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. This includes construction of the station walls within the work site and water line replacement at the intersection of 4th and Folsom. Until Monday, July 28, 4th Street from Howard to Folsom streets will have one traffic lane. This area will continue to have a lane reduction overnight from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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 for pile installation to construct the station walls. For the month of July, Stockton Street between Post and Geary will be closed to vehicular traffic. Please use alternate routes and follow construction signs.

Pile installation takes place at the southwest intersection of Stockton and O’Farrell streets until August 18. One lane of travel will be open. Expect delays and please use alternative routes.

Muni service impact:
Until August 1, the bus stop at Geary and Stockton will be temporarily discontinued. Please board bus at Geary and Powell. Please check back on our weekly Construction Update for the most current information on the re-opening of this stop.

Chinatown:  The contractor started station wall construction at the future station site and on the adjacent section of Washington Street. Work to replace high pressure water pipeline and install new fire hydrant on Washington is ongoing. A section of the sidewalk at the northeast corner of the Washington and Stockton intersection will be demolished in order to install a new fire hydrant.

North Beach: Work continues at 1731-1741 Powell. Sustainable Streets is constructing bulbs on Columbus Avenue between Filbert and Union streets, and widening the sidewalk on both sides of the street for this block. Street restoration work is expected to be completed by the end of August. More information is available in this notice.

We thank the businesses, residents, shoppers, and commuters of San Francisco for their continued engagement with this significant investment in the extension of our public transportation system.

18 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Project Advancements | July 19 – July 28, 2014

At the retrieval shaft in North Beach, portions of the body of the tunnel boring machines (TBMs) are awaiting removal from the site.

At the retrieval shaft in North Beach, portions of the body of the tunnel boring machines (TBMs) are awaiting removal from the site.

During the next 10 days, Central Subway work continues 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. You can also find construction, traffic detour, and Muni impact information on our project Google Map. For safety reasons, we encourage the public to follow all traffic and pedestrian notifications posted at the work sites.

Southern SoMa (Harrison to King/Berry): Potholing for utilities continues next week on 4th Street between Bryant and King. On Brannan between 4th and 5th Streets, work on utilities continues. Temporary walkways are in place around the construction zones.

Northern SoMa (Market to Harrison): At 4th and Folsom, work to build the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. This includes construction of the station walls within the work site and water line replacement at the intersection of 4th and Folsom. One lane of traffic continues on 4th between Howard and Folsom streets from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. through next week.

On Tuesday, July 22 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 4th Street from Howard to Folsom streets will have one traffic lane.

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 for pile installation to construct the station walls. For the month of July, Stockton Street between Post and Geary will be closed to vehicular traffic. Please use alternate routes and follow construction signs.

Pile installation takes place at the southwest intersection of Stockton and O’Farrell Streets until August 18. One lane of travel will be open. Expect delays and please use alternative routes.

Muni service impact:
Until August 1, the bus stop at Geary and Stockton will be temporarily discontinued. Please board bus at Geary and Powell. Please check back on our weekly Construction Update for the most current information on the re-opening of this stop.

Chinatown:  The contractor started station wall construction at the future station site and on the adjacent section of Washington Street. Work to replace high pressure water pipeline and install new fire hydrant on Washington is ongoing. Installation of observation wells at the corner of Washington and Stockton Streets may take place July 24 and July 25 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

North Beach: Work continues at 1731-1741 Powell. Sustainable Streets is constructing bulbs on Columbus Avenue between Filbert and Union Streets, and widening the sidewalk on both sides of the street for this block. Street restoration work is expected to be completed by the Fall of 2014. More information is available in this notice.

We thank the businesses, residents, shoppers, and commuters of San Francisco for their continued engagement with this significant investment in the extension of our public transportation system.

11 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Construction Update | July 12 – July 21, 2014

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At the future Chinatown Station site, an excavator prepares to load a truck with materials excavated during underground station wall construction.

During the next 10 days, Central Subway work will continue at sites in SoMa, Union Square, Chinatown and North Beach. This post 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. Hydrant relocation work to occur at 4th and Bryant. On Brannan between 4th and 5th Streets, sidewalk construction to occur. Temporary walkways are in place around the construction zones.

Northern SoMa (Market to Harrison): At 4th and Folsom, work to build the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. This includes construction of the station walls within the work site and water line replacement at the intersection of 4th and Folsom.

Union Square: To allow for construction of the Union Square/Market Street Station, Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary is closed to vehicular traffic. Work is underway for pile installation to construct the station walls. For the month of July, Stockton Street between Post and Geary will be closed to vehicular traffic. Please use alternate route and follow construction signs.

Until July 30, the bus stop at Geary and Stockton will be temporarily discontinued. Please board bus at Geary and Powell. Service at this stop may be resumed Thursday, July 31 at 5 a.m.

Starting Friday night, July 11 until July 28, pile installation will take place at the southwest intersection of Stockton and O’Farrell Streets. One lane of travel will be open. Expect delays and please use alternative routes.

Chinatown:  The contractor has started station wall construction within the future station site and on the adjacent section of Washington Street. Work to replace high pressure water pipeline and install new fire hydrant on Washington is ongoing. Installation of observation wells at the corner of Washington and Stockton Streets may take place July 17 and July 18 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

North Beach: Work will continue at 1731-1741 Powell. Sustainable Streets is constructing bulbs on Columbus Avenue between Filbert and Union Streets, and widening the sidewalk on both sides of the street for this block. Street restoration work is expected to be completed by the 3rd Quarter of 2014. More information is available in this notice.

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

-The Central Subway Team

03 July 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Construction Update | July 04 – July 14

Now that tunneling is complete, the TBM "Big Alma" is being prepped for removal.
Now that tunneling is complete, the TBM “Big Alma” is being prepped for removal.

During the next 10 days, Central Subway work will continue at sites in SoMa, Union Square, Chinatown and North Beach. This post 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. Hydrant relocation work to occur at 4th and Bryant. On Brannan between 4th and 5th Streets, sidewalk construction to occur. Temporary walkways are in place around the construction zones.

Northern SoMa (Market to Harrison): At 4th and Folsom, work to build the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. This includes construction of the station walls within the work site and water line replacement at the intersection of 4th and Folsom.

Union Square: To allow for construction of the Union Square/Market Street Station, Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary is closed to vehicular traffic. Work is underway for pile installation to construct the station walls. For the month of July, Stockton Street between Post and Geary will be closed to vehicular traffic. Please use alternate route and follow construction signs.

From July 7 to July 30, the bus stop at Geary and Stockton will be temporarily discontinued. Please board bus at Geary and Powell. Service at this stop may be resumed Thursday, July 31 at 5 a.m.

Starting Friday, July 11 through the weekend, pile installation will take place at the intersection of Stockton and O’Farrell Streets. Expect work 24 hours a day until Monday, July 14 at 5 a.m.

Chinatown:  The contractor has started station wall construction within the future station site and on the adjacent section of Washington Street. Work to replace high pressure water pipeline and install new fire hydrant on Washington is ongoing.

North Beach: At 1455 Stockton, the parking lot behind the Bank of America is now restored. The contractor has vacated this location. Work will continue at 1731-1741 Powell. Sustainable Streets is constructing bulbs on Columbus Avenue between Filbert and Union Streets, and widening the sidewalk on both sides of the street for this block. Street restoration work is expected to be completed by the 3rd Quarter of 2014. More information is available in this notice.

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

-The Central Subway Team

27 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Construction Update | June 28 – July 07

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Union Square/Market Street Detours

Starting July 1, Stockton Street between Post and Geary will be closed for one month to vehicular traffic. Please use alternate route and follow construction signs.

During the next 10 days, Central Subway work will continue at sites in SoMa, Union Square, Chinatown and North Beach. This post 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. Hydrant relocation work to occur at 4th and Bryant. On Brannan between 4th and 5th Streets, sidewalk construction to occur. Temporary walkways are in place around the construction zones.

Northern SoMa (Market to Harrison): At 4th and Folsom, work to build the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station continues. This includes construction of the station walls within the work site and water line replacement at the intersection of 4th and Folsom.

Union Square: To allow for construction of the Union Square/Market Street Station, Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary is closed to vehicular traffic. Work is underway for pile installation to construct the station walls. Beginning June 30 to July 31, every Monday through Thursday, the bus stop at Geary and Stockton will be temporarily relocated to mid-block between Stockton and Grant from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. From July 11 to July 25, the bus stop at Geary and Stockton will be temporarily relocated every Friday at 10 p.m. through the weekend. Service will resume every Monday at 5 a.m. Signage will be posted.

Chinatown:  The contractor has started station wall construction within the future station site and on the adjacent section of Washington Street. Work to replace high pressure water pipeline and install new fire hydrant on Washington is ongoing.

North Beach: At 1455 Stockton, the restoration of the parking lot behind the Bank of America will be completed. Work will continue at 1731-1741 Powell. Sustainable Streets is constructing bulbs on Columbus Avenue between Filbert and Union Streets, and widening the sidewalk on both sides of the street for this block. Street restoration work is expected to be completed by the 3rd Quarter of 2014. More information is available in this notice.

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