Inspectors Missed Construction Lapse that Caused Transit Center Cracks
by Nicole Yelich
Mar 15, 2019

The cracks in two steel beams, that forced the closure of the brand new $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center a mere six weeks after it opened last September, could have been avoided if any one of the four teams of quality control inspectors had noticed that a “necessary grinding process, used to eliminate small cracks associated with holes cut into the girders, was not performed”…..but….they didn’t.

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority announced the lapse in oversight yesterday and ordered a thorough review of “tens of thousands” of plans and inspection documents to ensure nothing else was missed.  Repairs to the cracked beams are underway, with the reopening of the transit center still expected for June.