Preparation for the Selmon Extension Project Continues

Media Alert
October 27, 2017

Contact Information:
Mellisa McColley, Project Information Officer
Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com
813-613-2306

 Tampa, FL – Preparation for the Selmon Extension Project Continues

Monday, October 30, 2017 through Sunday, November 5, 2017 workers will continue to perform geotechnical and surveying activities in preparation for the Selmon Extension Project. Turn lanes from Eastbound and Westbound Gandy Boulevard to Renellie Drive and Westbound Gandy Boulevard to Westshore Boulevard may have intermittent stop and go traffic queue restrictions. Work will be performed from 6 am until 9 pm.

Beginning Monday, October 30, 2017 through Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 9 pm to 6 am the Eastbound Gandy Boulevard turn lane at Westshore Boulevard may have intermittent stop and go traffic queue restrictions.  In addition, the Westbound Gandy Boulevard turn lane at Westshore Boulevard may have intermittent stop and go traffic queue restrictions beginning Wednesday, November 1, 2017 through Friday, November 3, 2017 from 9 pm to 6 am for geotechnical work.

Please watch out for sudden stops, merging traffic and work zone operations.

For more information, call 813.613.2306 or email Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com

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THEA ANNOUNCES “ESTUARY” AS THE WINNING SELMON EXTENSION PIER DESIGN


THEA ANNOUNCES “ESTUARY” AS THE WINNING SELMON EXTENSION PIER DESIGN

October 23, 2017
Contact: Robert Frey
813-272-6740, Ext. 203
Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority
bobf@tampa-xway.com

Public overwhelming chose the ESTUARY design, garnering 74% of the vote

Tampa, Fla. – Today, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) announced that the “ESTUARY” pier design option received the most votes in the “Vote for Your Favorite Pier Design” public opinion poll. The announcement was made during THEA’s monthly Board meeting.

Of the 1,805 votes, the “ESTUARY” design option, representing nature envisioned in the form of a river delta or canopy of cypress trees, received 74% of votes from the public opinion poll. The VIVID design option, representing movement and fluidity and is kinematic in form, received 26% of the vote.

“We received nearly two thousand votes from members of the community participating in the public opinion poll and the overwhelming choice was ESTUARY,” said THEA CEO Joe Waggoner. “While both pier designs were outstanding options, THEA is confident the ESTUARY design will not only enhance the Selmon Extension project but will serve as a new landmark for the Tampa Bay region.”

The two pier design options: VIVID and ESTUARY were first unveiled during THEA’s October 9th Virtual Town Hall Meeting. Postcards were also sent to the zip codes around Gandy Boulevard.

The public was asked to vote on their favorite design option online or by toll-free telephone hotline. Construction of the Selmon Extension has begun, with an anticipated operational date in late 2020. The Selmon Extension is a 1.9-mile toll lane in the median of Gandy Boulevard that will offer a choice for regional travelers: use Gandy Boulevard for local destinations or use the Selmon Extension for a direct connection to the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Dale Mabry Highway or the Gandy Bridge.

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ABOUT THEA:
As the owner and operator of the Selmon Expressway, the Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority’s (THEA) mission is to provide safe, reliable, and financially sustainable transportation services to the Tampa Bay region while reinvesting customer-based revenues back into the community.

Our vision is to lead, partner, and implement safe, economically sound, and innovative multi-modal transportation solutions for our Tampa Bay Community.

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Gandy Boulevard Geotechnical Updates

Media Alert
October 20, 2017

Contact Information:
Mellisa McColley, Project Information Officer
Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com
813-613-2306

 Tampa, FL –Gandy Boulevard Geotechnical Updates

Monday, October 23, 2017 through Sunday, October 29, 2017 workers will continue to perform geotechnical work with drilling crews and rigs on the project site. There is also a survey crew in the area.  Turn lanes from Westbound and Eastbound Gandy Boulevard to Westshore Boulevard, Westbound Gandy Boulevard to Renellie Drive and Eastbound Gandy Boulevard to just west of Renellie Drive, Eastbound Gandy Boulevard to Culbreath Key Way may have intermittent stop and go traffic queue restrictions in preparation for the Selmon Extension project. Work will be performed from 6 am until 9 pm.

Beginning Monday, October 23, 2017 through Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 9 pm to 6 am the Westbound and Eastbound Gandy Boulevard turn lane at Westshore Boulevard may have intermittent inside lane closures for geotechnical activities.

Please watch out for sudden stops, merging traffic and work zone activities.

For more information, call 813.613.2306 or email Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com

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Geotechnical Work continues on Gandy Boulevard

Media Alert October 13, 2017

Contact Information: Mellisa McColley, Project Information Officer

Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com

813-613-2306

Tampa, FL – Geotechnical Work continues on Gandy Boulevard

Monday, October 16, 2017 through Sunday, October 22, 2017 workers will be performing preliminary geotechnical work with five drilling crews and rigs on the project site. There is also a survey crew in the area.  Turn lanes from Westbound Gandy Boulevard to Bridge Street, Eastbound Gandy Boulevard to Westshore Boulevard and Eastbound Gandy Boulevard to Renellie Drive may have intermittent stop and go traffic queue restrictions in preparation for the Selmon Extension project. Work will be performed from 6 am until 9 pm.

Beginning Monday, October 16, 2017 through Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 9 pm to 6 am the Eastbound Gandy Boulevard turn lane at Westshore Boulevard may have intermittent inside lane closures for geotechnical activities.

Please be careful of our workers and drive safely through work zones.

For more information, call 813.613.2306 or email Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com

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Eastbound Gandy Boulevard Turn Lane at Westshore Boulevard to be closed at night

Media Alert
October 11, 2017

Contact Information:
Mellisa McColley, Project Information Officer
Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com
813-613-2306

Gandy Boulevard Drivers, Businesses and Residents Alert

Tampa, FL – Eastbound Gandy Boulevard Turn Lane at Westshore Boulevard to be closed at night

Monday, October 16, 2017 through Sunday, October 22, 2017 workers will be performing preliminary geotechnical work with five drilling crews and rigs on the project site. There is also a survey crew in the area.  Turn lanes from Gandy Boulevard to Bridge Street, Eastbound Gandy Boulevard to Westshore Boulevard and Eastbound Gandy Boulevard to Renellie Drive may have intermittent stop and go traffic queue restrictions in preparation for the Selmon Extension project. Work will be performed from 6 am until 9 pm.

Beginning Monday, October 16, 2017 through Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 9 pm to 6 am the Eastbound Gandy Boulevard turn lane at Westshore Boulevard will be closed, and Westbound Gandy Boulevard inside through-lane at Westshore Boulevard may have intermittent inside lane closures for geotechnical activities.

Please be careful of our workers and drive safely through work zones.

For more information, call 813.613.2306 or email Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com

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Virtual Town Hall Meeting #3

Virtual Town Hall Meeting # 3

On October 9th at 6:30 pm, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority hosted a Virtual Town Hall Meeting and presented two design options for the Selmon Extension. THEA is asking the public to provide input on which design they like better. Voting will be open until October 20, 2017, until 11:59 pm. Visit selmonextension.com/vote-now to cast your vote.

Questions and Answers

Question

Traffic is already horrible in the afternoon on Gandy bridge eastbound. What will be the impact during construction of the traffic flow?

Answer

Thank you for your question. All lanes of Gandy Boulevard will remain open during peak hours. When the inside lanes of Gandy Boulevard must be closed, they will mostly be done so during nighttime hours.


Question

When Joe started talking, I didn’t hear him until he started asking about Adobe. The Q and A box comes up nicely

Answer

Sounds good here. How does it sound now?


Question

If this is going to be 60′ wide and gandy is only 57′ wide how come the images of this are so small?

Answer

Thank you for your question. The right of way width for Gandy Boulevard is 100 feet.


Question

How come the drawings you list online show the median at 34′ when in median including turn lanes is only 15′ wide?

Answer

The proposed median width is going to be 34′ wide in those without turn lanes unless there are turn lanes.


Question

Gandy is only 57′ wide. the overhead pictured should cover the sidewalks on both sides

Answer

Sidewalks are not covered the viaduct structure extends 1 to 2 feet beyond the inside lane line.


Question

Even your video does not accurately show the width of this. isn’t THEA required under the sunshine law to not mislead the public?

Answer

THEA is not misleading the public.


Question

Plans for keeping businesses accessable?

Answer

We will not close any driveways of businesses during construction without providing an alternative access to the businesses. This will only be required along Westshore Blvd. associated with a City of Tampa widening project that will be built as part of THEA’s project, and along the south side of Gandy Blvd. just to the east and west of Westshore Blvd. Once construction begins, THEA will also have a public information officer onsite who will hold regularly scheduled roundtable meetings with Gandy corridor businesses.


Question

How come all your pictures & videos show this barely extending over the inside lane when it is going to be 60′ wide and Gandy itself is only 57′ wide.

Answer

Gandy Blvd. is generally 100 ft. wide.


Question

What is the point of meeting with the Gandy businesses when all Gandy businesses are opposed to this. if THEA listened to Gandy businesses they would no be building this.

Answer

Many Gandy businesses strongly support this project.


Question

In the latest traffic report done by thea it stated that only 10% of all gandy traffic is regional and the real purpose of this was to bring in 50,000 people from 275 to downtown to bring in new tolls. How does this help south Tampa?

Answer

Our traffic studies estimate that approx. 40% of traffic is passthrough – meaning it has no destination in the Gandy corridor.


Question

Are any of these questions going through? none are displaying or being answered

Answer

We have a record of your questions being answered. After the downhill there will also be a record available of all the questions and answered from tonight’s Town Hall.


Question

So you are going to widen the existing median & turn lanes from 15′ to 34′? the median on the st pete is 34′ wide not the Tampa side. if you extend the medians to 34′ then you would have to eliminate businesses on both sides of gandy

Answer

The Selmon Extension will not cause any businesses to be eliminated.


Question

When will the East bound side of the Gandy bridge be replaced and have any considerations of this been incorporated with this design plan?

Answer

Thank you for your question. FDOT has just begun project development and environmental PD&E study on the Gandy bridge and it’s Eastbound replacement.


Question

Gandy is only 57′ wide. the overhead is 60′ wide. the images only show it coming over the inside lane and the same has been said in all virtual town halls. how is that not missleading the public?

Answer

Gandy Boulevard is generally 100 ft. wide


Question

I have gone out and measured gandy blvd on the TAMPA side in 10 different places and it is 57′ for 95% of it on the tampa side. how can they claim it is 100′ wide? Gandy is only 100′ wide on the ST PETE side

Answer

The right off way is 100′


Question

Is there possibility to combine options? I prefer the Estuary column, but the vivid upper piece

Answer

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, there is not an option to combine choices. The bottom pier needs to match the top fin.


Question

2 is beautiful

Answer

Thank you for your feedback. Please don’t forget to vote for your favorite design beginning tonight at 7:30pm on selmonextension.com


Question

Your recent study said that only 10% of traffic was pass through which is correct what you are saying now or your study?

Answer

40% of traffic is passthrough, according to our traffic studies.


Question

Gandy has been measured multiple times it is only 57′ wide except at one location where it is 65′ no where on the tampa side is it 100′ wide. that is st pete.

Answer

Gandy Blvd. right-of-way is 100 ft wide.


Question

If you are stating that gandy on the tampa side is 100′ wide you are lying to the public as it has been measured and confirmed multiple times it is 57′ wide it has 2 9′ lanes 2 11′ lanes and a 15′ median

Answer

Gandy right-a-way is 100 ft. wide


Question

The vivid rendering did not show lane lighting for the westbound lanes. Will there be lighting similar to that shown on Estuary?

Answer

Thank you for your question. Yes, aesthetic lighting will be provided for the piers and overhead structure in both designs.


Question

Where can I get more information on the ‘Westshore expansion’ project mentioned in this presentation?

Answer

Thank you for your question. The City of Tampa is in charge of this project. You can get more information from the City of Tampa Transportation Department.


Question

Will entrance to Culbreth Key ever be blocked off

Answer

Thank you for your question. The median opening to Culbreath key will be maintained at all times except during construction of the adjacent pier and then only between the hours of 9pm to 6am.


Question

For gandy to be 100′ wide that would put the lanes at 14′ wide and the median at 34′. that number is ridiculous. is Thea incompetant to come up with that number or lying?

Answer

The right away width contains the median turn lanes, thru lanes and border width which includes the sidewalks.


Question

Who is responsible for the upkeep of the grounds under the connector?

Answer

Thank you for the question. The landscaping will be maintained by the City of Tampa after the project has been completed.


Question

We were told in the last two virtual town halls a noise study would be completed. has that been completed or has thea lied to the public about it?

Answer

The noise study has been completed and is contained in the approved environmental documents.


Question

http://selmonextension.com/thea-investment-grade-traffic-and-revenue-study/ that study states that only 10% of the traffic is pass through.

Answer

Thank you, for future presentations, can you include what is being done for bicycles and pedestrians along GANDY bLVD. Will there be dedicated bike lanes and dedicated cross walks as part of this plan?


Question

Are we able to view those?

Answer

Thank you for participating in our Virtual Town Hall and for your question. All existing crosswalks along Gandy Boulevard will be maintained. Currently, there are no plans for dedicated bike lanes because they would require additional right-of-way and there is no right of way available for this project. However, bicycle improvements will be evaluated in future improvements to Gandy and Palonis parks.


Question

how come you keep stating that gandy is 100′ wide when it is a fact that it is only 57′ wide. you state the median will be 34′ wide when it is only 15 (including turn lanes) how do you explain these inconsistancies?

Answer

The right of way is 100 ft wide


Question

what is the link to the noise study?

Answer

The SEIR is located on the SelmonExtension website.


Question

Gandy blvd is 57′ wide not 100′ Please explain where you are getting 100′ from. the lanes only take up 40′ on both sides. the median is 15′ the run off takes up 2′ where is the additional 43′ coming from?

Answer

Gandy Right-of-way is generally 100 ft wide


Question

If i knew where the noise study was on the website i would no be asking for a link…

Answer

We will send a link to you after the VTHM. We are trying our best to answer questions from many people in real time.


Question

If thea insists that gandy is 100′ wide & the media is 34′ wide that is a flat out lie. isn’t thea required to be honest with the public from the sunshine law?

Answer

Gandy right of way is generally 100 ft. wide


Question

can you also provide a link showing how Thea came up with 100′? you don’t even need to measure to realize that number is ridiculously off meaning Thea is either lying or incompetant. which is it?

Answer

FDOT right of way maps show a 100 ft right of way on Gandy Boulevard


Question

Is the meeting still going on? I’ve tried with Mozilla & Chrome and NO VIDEO from the Media Player within event.on24.com

Answer

The Virtual Town Hall Meeting will be posted to our website, selmonextension.com, within 72 hours. You will be able to view both the presentation and question and answer session. If your have additional questions after this presentation, you can submit your question via the contact form on the website. You can also watch the animated video of the Selmon extension and see the pier renderings at www.SelmonExtension.com.


Question

This is going to be 30′ off the ground and 60′ wide will this handle wind shears up to 150mph? has a study been done to see if the ground will support that much wind? what has been done to prevent another collapse like was done to 275 overhead which was not nearly so tall or wide?

Answer

The bridge is designed to withstand 150 mph winds.


Question

Thank you, one more question, sorry. Regarding the street lights on the extension, do you know the height of the light poles? And has there been any study or data that can be provided on the additional amount of ‘light pollution’ to the existing neighborhoods along Gandy Blvd.

Answer

Thank you for your question. Existing lighting on Gandy Blvd. will remain as is. Lighting on the bridge structure will be 20 ft. above the bridge deck.


Question

Where are you getting that gandy is 100′ wide? on the ST pete side it is but not on the Tampa side. is this being built in tampa or st pete? if in tampa how did they get the measurements so wrong?

Answer

The Selmon Extension is being built in Tampa.


Question

Gandy blvd is 57′ wide not 100′ Please explain where you are getting 100′ from.

Answer

FDOT right of way maps show Gandy right of way as generally 100 ft wide


Question

The lanes of gandy are 9′ & 11′ on each side, the median is 15′ wide including turn lanes. there is 2′ of run off space. that comes to 57′ where is the additional 43′ that you are claiming if gandy is 100′ wide?

Answer

Gandy right of way is generally 100 ft. wide


Question

If this is being built in tampa then how do you explain stating that gandy is 100′ wide in st pete and only 57′ in tampa?

Answer

Gandy right of way is generally 100 ft. wide We are continuing to answer questions.


Question

If this is being built in tampa then how do you explain stating that gandy is 100′ wide in st pete and only 57′ in tampa?

Answer

Gandy right of way is generally 100 ft wide


Question

The lanes of gandy are 9′ & 11′ on each side, the median is 15′ wide including turn lanes. there is 2′ of run off space. that comes to 57′ where is the additional 43′ that you are claiming if gandy is 100′ wide?

Answer

Gandy right of way is generally 100 ft wide


Question

The bridge is designed to withstand 150 mph winds. based on what study? has a simliar overhad been built? is there any basis for this assumption?

Answer

The windloads are based on FDOT and AASHTO guidelines.


Question

How much landscaping is proposed?

Answer

There is $2 million allocated for landscaping in the project.


Question

Where is the fdot map that shows that gandy blvd on the tampa side is 100′?

Answer

We don’t have a link but we can send you the attachment. Can you please send us a request via info@selmonextension.com?


Question

We are concerned about homeless and the prostitution population?

Answer

Thank you for your concern and for participating. The minimum clearance of the bridge is 30′ in height and the narrow median will be almost entirely landscaped with little to no area for congregating.


Question

According to google earth which pulls its info from fdot gandy blvd is 57′ wide. where are you getting 100′?

Answer

The Gandy right of way is 100 ft. wide according to FDOT right of way map. We will be happy to send to you. Please send us a request at info@selmonextension.com


Question

You keep giving me the same answer to different questions that is not answering. i have asked many times if the lanes are 9 & 11′ wide and the median is 15′ where is the other 43′ coming from that you add up to 100′ answering 100′ is not an answer.

Answer

In all due respect, you keep asking the same question. The Gandy right of way is generally 100 ft wide according to FDOT right of way maps, no matter how many times the question is asked.


Question

Can this extension be stopped? we don’t want it

Answer

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority is proceeding with the project but we appreciate your opinion and participation.

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