Posted: Jun 11, 2012 3:24 PM by Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco commuters should prepare for headaches as construction crews begin preparing to dig a 1.6-mile subway tunnel through the heart of the city.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that transportation officials are still waiting for finalization of federal funding for the project, but that preparations are nonetheless beginning that will affect traffic greatly.
On Tuesday crews will start digging up a block of Fourth Street between Bryant and Harrison, and have already begun building a series of 100-foot-deep walls that will span Fourth Street.
The new subway line will link Chinatown to the city's main train station in the South of Market area.
The city believes a federal funding guarantee worth $942 million will be approved this month, which will cover much of the project's $1.6 billion cost.
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