Contractor Allegedly Lays 3 Miles of the Wrong Steel; Delays for S.F.'s Central Subway Ensue

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency ordered high-strength steel to ensure the long-term quality of the under-construction Central Subway. The contractor laid 17,000 linear feet of standard-strength steel anyway.

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May 10, 2018, 11:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez reports from San Francisco: "Construction contractors on the $1.6 billion Central Subway project laid down 3.2 miles of the wrong kind of steel track, The City is alleging in a letter obtained by the San Francisco Examiner."

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is alleging that the contractor, Tutor Pellini, "laid down 17,000 linear feet of 'standard strength' steel, allegedly violating a contract with The City calling for 'high strength' steel." The city has since ordered Tutor Pellini to relay the track, but additional delays on the delivery date are expected. The original planned opening date for the Central Subway was the end of 2018. Now the end of 2019 is more likely.  

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