Central subway construction forces street closure

Don Sanchez : ABClocal.go.com – excerpt\

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Traffic around San Francisco’s premier shopping district, Union Square, just got a little more difficult with the shutdown of part of a major street Monday. It’s all for the $1.6 billion Central Subway Project, which is moving one step closer to reality.

Two blocks of Stockton Street, between Geary and Ellis, are now closed to traffic. It’s all in preparation for the eventual construction of the Union Square subway station…

The subway is expected to open in 2019…

SF Central Subway Construction Creating Union Square Traffic Headaches

CBSNews – excerpt

The SF Muni central subway tunnel construction project has shifted traffic on busy streets around Union Square, including Stockton, Geary and Grant. Joe Vazquez reports.

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Traffic on Stockton Street and Grant Avenue to Be Modified to Accommodate Central Subway Construction Near Union Square

Beginning Monday, July 30, Stockton Street between Ellis and Geary streets will be closed to all vehicles except emergency vehicles to accommodate construction of the Central Subway tunnel and Union Square/Market Street Station. To facilitate local access to Union Square, Grant Avenue between Geary and Sutter streets will be converted into a two-way street starting Saturday, July 28…

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Central Subway work starts amid problems

By Michael Cabanatuan : SFGate – excerpt

Noisy, dusty, traffic-tangling construction is under way on the Central Subway, yet uncertainties and challenges continue to dog the $1.6 billion project.

Construction crews are building the staging area on Fourth Street beneath the Interstate 80 skyway, where two tunnel-boring machines will start the excavation of the 1.7-mile subway to Chinatown and debris will be hauled out.

But the Municipal Transportation Agency is still awaiting word on whether – and when – it will get a $942 million federal funding guarantee it’s been awaiting for months, and the House of Representatives’ transportation bill includes an amendment by Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove (Sacramento County), that could take away future funding for the project…

Threatening to sue – But if digging starts before merchants are satisfied, some of them are threatening to sue…

Save Muni wants the transportation agency to stop work at least until federal funding is guaranteed.

“The MTA’s motivation is for public relations: to create a sense of inevitability to get funding,” said Howard Wong, a member of the group. “They’re moving ahead with this to fund their staff rather than protecting taxpayers.”…

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