New Excavation Work For Central Subway Starts Tuesday

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:05:23 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)--The excavation of nearly an entire block in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood is starting Tuesday in preparation for the tunneling  of the city's Central Subway.
     
The $1.6 billion project is creating a new branch of San Francisco  Municipal Railway's T-Third light-rail line from Fourth and Brannan streets  to Chinatown, with underground stops at Moscone Center and Union Square.
     
The subway is not expected to be completed until 2019 but workers  are starting a major part of the project Tuesday that will impact traffic in  the neighborhood.
     
Crews will be excavating a space about 500 feet long, 50 feet wide  and 40 feet deep on Fourth Street between Harrison and Bryant streets, then  constructing a launch box at the site where tunneling will begin next year,  according to Muni officials.
     
People living, working or traveling in the area are advised that  an increase in noise, dust and truck traffic is expected once the  construction starts.
     
Several Muni bus lines have been rerouted around the area, and  motorists are also advised to take alternate routes.
     
Frequent construction updates and information about impacts on  traffic are available online at www.centralsubwayblog.com.
 
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