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08 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Project Advancement | January 8 – January 18

 

Workers traverse an ever-changing work site inside the station headhouse, where temporary steel supports are going up.

Temporary steel supports are installed in the Yerba Buena|Moscone site

This notice provides a construction update and a look ahead for what to expect in the areas where we are building four new stations along the alignment. You’ll find information about work activities, traffic and transportation impacts taking place over the next two weeks at SoMa, Yerba Buena|Moscone, Union Square and Chinatown.

Work at the Yerba Buena | Moscone station progresses. Excavation of the future station platform has begun and temporary steel supports are being installed in the headhouse structure.

Construction schedules, bus routes, and stop locations are subject to change due to unforeseen conditions. Signs will be posted at affected stops to advise of service changes.

Our thanks goes out to the businesses, residents, shoppers, commuters, and all those who are touched by the Project, for their continued engagement as we work to extend the city’s public transportation system.

31 December 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Project Advancement | December 31, 2015 – January 11, 2016

 

Tourists, families, and shoppers all enjoy the 2015 Winter Walk

Tourists, families, and shoppers all enjoy the 2015 Winter Walk

This notice provides a construction update and a look ahead for what to expect in the areas where we are building four new stations along the alignment. You’ll find information about work activities, traffic and transportation impacts taking place over the next two weeks at SoMa, Yerba Buena|Moscone, Union Square and Chinatown.

The Central Subway Team wants to wish San Francisco a Happy New Year! Your support of our Project is much appreciated. Please let us know what you liked seeing in 2015.

Construction schedules, bus routes, and stop locations are subject to change due to unforeseen conditions. Signs will be posted at affected stops to advise of service changes.

Our thanks goes out to the businesses, residents, shoppers, commuters, and all those who are touched by the Project, for their continued engagement as we work to extend the city’s public transportation system.

The Central Subway Team

18 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Project Advancement | December 18 – 28

A massive animated light show is projected and looped on the face of the Macy's Men's store.

A massive animated light show is projected and looped on the face of the Macy’s Men’s store in the Winter Walk

This notice provides a construction update and a look ahead for what to expect in the areas where we are building four new stations along the alignment. You’ll find information about work activities, traffic and transportation impacts taking place over the next two weeks at SoMa, Yerba Buena|Moscone, Union Square and Chinatown.

The Central Subway Team wants to wish San Francisco a very happy and healthy holiday Season.  The Winter Walk, continuing through January 1, is a great place to relax after the frenzy of last minute shopping.  Shop Chinatown’s prize raffle continues through December 23.  All of the merchants on 4th Street are open for business.

Construction schedules, bus routes, and stop locations are subject to change due to unforeseen conditions. Signs will be posted at affected stops to advise of service changes.

Our thanks goes out to the businesses, residents, shoppers, commuters, and all those who are touched by the Project, for their continued engagement as we work to extend the city’s public transportation system.

The Central Subway Team

17 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Central Subway Tunnel Project Wins Award of Merit From ENR

Central Subway Project Manager John Funghi leads Mayor Edwin Lee on a tour of the completed tunnels

Central Subway Project Manager John Funghi leads Mayor Edwin Lee on a tour of the completed tunnels

Congratulations to the Central Subway Team for achieving an Award of Merit for best transportation project of 2015 from Engineering News record, a weekly magazine highlighting the construction industry. The award was given for the completion of the Central Subway Tunnel. The Central Subway Tunnel Project was cited for completing an intricate project on time and within the approved budget.

A method called deep tunneling was used to build the tunnels. Two tunnel boring machines, named for San Francisco Legends Alma Spreckels and Dr. Margaret “Mom” Chung, were used in the construction. Use of these machines enabled the work to be finished with less surface disruptions and reduced utility relocations.

The Central Subway Tunnel completion was a major milestone for the project. When the Central Subway is completed, T Third Line trains will travel mostly underground in the 2 mile tunnels from 4th Street to Chinatown, bypassing heavy traffic on congested 4th and Stockton Streets. Our team is very proud to have been recognized by ENR for this achievement.

The Central Subway Team looks forward to more success in 2016. We wish San Francisco a very happy and healthy holiday season.

For more information on this honor see http://www.enr.com/articles/38039-airporttransit-award-of-merit-central-subway-tunnel.

Below are some photos of the project.

Former Mayor Gavin Newsom and former District 3 Supervisor David Chiu join other local dignitaries at the Central Subway groundbreaking ceremony in February, 2010

Former Mayor Gavin Newsom and former District 3 Supervisor David Chiu join other local dignitaries at the Central Subway groundbreaking ceremony in February, 2010

 

Two workers install utility conduits following the completion of new section of tunnel

Two workers install utility conduits following the completion of new section of tunnel

 

The cutterheads of both tunnel boring machines can be seen following the completion of the twin tunnels of the Central Subway

The cutterheads of both tunnel boring machines can be seen following the completion of the twin tunnels of the Central Subway

15 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Skybridge Shined in Chinatown

During the summer of 2015, the Chinese Cultural Center (CCC) unveiled Sky Bridge, a dazzling piece of temporary art designed by artist Beili Lui.   This work transformed the pedestrian bridge located on Kearny Street between the Hilton Hotel and Portsmouth Square.

The Skybridge project was the final piece of the Chinese Cultural Center’s multiyear project, Central Subway, Journey to Chinatown.  This was a series of temporary art projects to celebrate the history of the Chinese culture in San Francisco as the first subway to Chinatown is built.   This series included art installations in Wentworth Alley and Walter U Lum Place as well as music and dance festivals.

The Skybridge was built with a team of volunteers and CCC staff, demonstrating true community spirit.  In one week, the CCC and its volunteers covered 50,000 bricks with Mylar (polyester film).  The labor was very intense due to extreme heat.  Different weather conditions gave the bridge changing looks from extremely bright due to the reflection of the sun to hues of blue and gray.

11 December 2015 ~ 1 Comment

Project Advancement | December 11 – 21

Welders fashion brackets for a large strut in the southeast corner of the Chinatown Station headhouse.

Welders fashion brackets for a large strut in the southeast corner of the Chinatown Station headhouse

This notice provides a construction update and a look ahead for what to expect in the areas where we are building four new stations along the alignment. You’ll find information about work activities, traffic and transportation impacts taking place over the next two weeks at SoMa, Yerba Buena|Moscone, Union Square and Chinatown.

An exciting find was made at the site of the Chinatown north access shaft.  During excavation, pieces of 19th century industrial sewing machines were found.  As part of California’s requirements for new construction, crews have been excavating for historical artifacts throughout the Central Subway project.

Construction schedules, bus routes, and stop locations are subject to change due to unforeseen conditions. Signs will be posted at affected stops to advise of service changes.

Our thanks goes out to the businesses, residents, shoppers, commuters, and all those who are touched by the Project, for their continued engagement as we work to extend the city’s public transportation system.

The Central Subway Team

11 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

The Past is Found During Central Subway Construction

 

While excavating at this site, several cast iron sewing machine stands were found, likely buried in the 1906 earthquake.  Archaeologists from Sonoma State are in place removing the remaining artifacts.

While excavating at this site, several cast iron sewing machine stands were found, likely buried in the 1906 earthquake. Archaeologists from Sonoma State are in place removing the remaining artifacts

Remants of Chinatowns past were unearthed this week as construction crew performed excavation for the north access shaft. While chipping away at bricks and dirt 8 feet below the street, pieces of 19th century sewing machines were found.

As part of California’s environmental requirements for new construction, crews have been excavating for historical artifacts during the Central Subway project.   This effort is a state law and helps San Francisco find pieces of its past thought lost more than a century ago. The City has hired six archaeological consultants to excavate construction sites, including Sonoma State.

On April 18, 1906 a crippling earthquake hit San Francisco followed by a fire that raged for 3 days. Over 28,000 buildings were destroyed. Most of Chinatown was devastated by the blaze.   The sewing machines discovered are believed to have been used in a basement of a Chinatown factory destroyed in the calamity. The find was discovered at what was once 1018 Stockton Street, today 1044 Stockton, home of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance.  This discovery will shed new light on the life in Chinatown during the final years of the 19th century.

“This is unprecedented in our experience,” said Adrian Praetzellis, director of the Anthropological Studies Center at Sonoma State University. “There’s very little that remains of Chinatown prior to the [1906] earthquake, so this is basically the last remains of the earliest Chinatown.” (SF Examiner, http://www.sfexaminer.com/archaeologists-unearth-slice-of-pre-1906-earthquake-chinatown-amid-central-subway-construction/)

More exciting finds like the one found on Stockton can be expected as the City continues to grow and develop.

10 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Featured Photos – December 10

Excavation has begun for the future site of Chinatown Station’s north access emergency stairwell. Read more about the excavation here.

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Crews restore the pavement along Stockton Street between Clay and Sacramento. This follows installation of pipes and pumps for future work.

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Excavation in Chinatown has reached approximately 60 feet below street level. Crews are now constructing the top of an arched structure which will lead passengers to the station platform.

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If you would like to see more photos of project construction, check out our Flickr, updated weekly!

04 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shop Chinatown and Chinatown Pretty Exhibit Celebrate Chinese Style

Sample merchandise from Shop Chinatown.  Image credit: Shop Chinatown

Sample merchandise from Shop Chinatown. Image credit: Shop Chinatown

 

Shop Chinatown, is an annual event to help the small businesses along Stockton Street. Shop Chinatown focuses on Chinese fashion and highlights 18 local businesses near the Central Subway construction.  There are special promotions for shoppers and people visiting the area. Shop Chinatown is featuring a special fashion Give Away from December 4 through December 20.  Shoppers that spend $10 at any of the participating Shop Chinatown merchants will win a raffle ticket.  The raffle tickets can be deposited at 41 Ross Alley through 3 p.m. on Sunday December 20.   Randomly drawn prize winners will receive gift certificates for Shop Chinatown stores for amounts up to $500.  The more you shop, the more you can win.

“Fashion stores have always been an integral part of Chinatown’s unique cultural economy,” said Roy Chan, community planning manager of Chinatown Community Development Center. “For SHOP CHINATOWN 2015, we wanted a creative way to encourage shopping in these stores. Andria and Valerie’s lively exhibit and website showcases the style and stories of some fashionable local residents. And the prize drawing promotes shopping with the prize money benefiting the stores in the neighborhood. We are using arts and culture to positively assist the neighborhood and highlight its unique character.”

When depositing raffle tickets at 41 Ross Alley, shoppers can see the Chinatown Pretty Exhibition.   Chinatown Pretty celebrates the ingenuity, flair and beauty of Chinatown and its longtime residents.   The exhibition was created by Andria Lo and Valerie Luu, featuring large format photographic portraits and stories of the residents.   Viewing this art is a great way to unwind after a busy day of shopping.

The project celebrates Chinatown fashion and culture, promotes shopping local to Chinatown small businesses, and provides technical assistance and marketing strategies for the businesses during the upcoming holidays. In order to continue to build and maintain a strong economic foundation, we must ensure our City’s rising prosperity benefits every single San Franciscan including our small business community.  Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy; they add character to our city and enliven our neighborhoods while employing approximately 326,000 residents.”

 

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04 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Project Advancement | December 4 – 14

Central Subway Project Director John Funghi speaks at the 2015 Winter Walk Inaugural  Event.

Central Subway Project Director John Funghi speaks at the 2015 Winter Walk Inaugural Event

This notice provides a construction update and a look ahead for what to expect in the areas where we are building four new stations along the alignment. You’ll find information about work activities, traffic and transportation impacts taking place over the next two weeks at SoMa, Yerba Buena|Moscone, Union Square and Chinatown.

Shop Chinatown, an annual holiday event to support businesses along Stockton Street highlights 18 merchants near the Central Subway construction.   There are special promotions for shoppers including a fashion Give Away from December 3 through 20.  A photo exhibit, Chinatown Pretty celebrates the residents of Chinatown.

Construction schedules, bus routes, and stop locations are subject to change due to unforeseen conditions. Signs will be posted at affected stops to advise of service changes.

Our thanks goes out to the businesses, residents, shoppers, commuters, and all those who are touched by the Project, for their continued engagement as we work to extend the city’s public transportation system.

The Central Subway Team