Crews prep to shore up cracked San Francisco terminal beams

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco transit officials say crews began work to shore up two cracked beams that shuttered a new $2 billion terminal.

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority said Thursday that crews removed ceiling panels and light fixtures at the Salesforce Transit Center ahead of installing a system to support the beams that could begin this weekend.

The authority, which operates the transit center, closed the center Tuesday evening.

Workers that morning had discovered a crack 2½ feet (less than 1 meter) long and 4 inches (10 centimeters) deep on a steel beam holding up the transit center's rooftop park.

They found a smaller crack on a parallel beam later that day.

The beams need to be braced before the transit center can reopen. The support system is being designed.

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