Breitbart CA: San Francisco evacuated passengers and closed off traffic on Tuesday after workmen found a potentially catastrophic beam crack under its new $2.26 billion transit center.
The three-city-block terminal that was designed to handle 100,000 riders a day as a northern terminus for the California High-Speed Rail was dubbed the “Grand Central Station of the West” when it opened August 10.
But the stress crack is just the latest trouble for the $8 billion redevelopment project, which is owned by the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) as a partnership of San Francisco, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit Authority, and Caltrain.
Workers installing ceiling panels in the third-level underground bus depot at about 10 a.m. discovered a 6.5-foot wide crack in a main steel beam supporting the massive 5.4 acre raised rooftop garden. The terminal was evacuated and traffic cordoned off by 4:30 p.m., causing an epic traffic jam, according to SFGate.com. MORE HERE