Blog – What is an Excavator?

 

Curious about what type of construction machine you’re looking at? Over the next few blogs you will learn about key construction machinery that probably will be used for the Selmon Extension.  There are too many to share, but we wanted to highlight the most common ones.

Excavators are used most often to shovel dirt or lift heavy pieces of materials. They are usually obvious on account of their long bucket arm attached to a cab which pivots.

The excavator was an extremely important innovation in the construction industry. With these new mechanical tools, builders were able to manipulate the landscape far more quickly and efficiently than they had even been able to before.

If there is any doubt in your mind at just how effective excavators can be when it comes to speeding along the construction process, the fact that they can do a job that is equivalent to as many as 20 manual laborers working on the same project should change your mind.

Media Alert – Crews continue preconstruction activities on the Selmon Extension

 

Media Alert

January 26, 2018

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

 Tampa, FL – Crews continue preconstruction activities on the Selmon Extension

Beginning Sunday, January 28, 2018 through Friday, February 2, 2018 short intermittent lane closures may occur along Eastbound and Westbound Gandy Boulevard to allow contractors to complete utility locates in the area.

Construction activities that will not impact traffic include relocating utility poles, the removal of roots and stumps, excavation and erosion control to prepare for the construction and maintenance of the highway and for the safety of he traveling public.

Please be reminded that both the Gandy Park South on the Southside of Gandy Boulevard and the Al Palonis Park on the north side of Gandy Boulevard are closed for the duration of the Selmon Extension construction. The Gandy Boat ramp will remain open. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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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Meet the Selmon Extension Team

 

 

Did you know the Selmon Extension is a Design Build Project?  Meet our Partners.  The Selmon Extension Project is being managed by the owner and operator of the Selmon Expressway, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA), Construction Services are provided by Kiewit Infrastructure South Co., AECOM is the Designer and Atkins is providing Construction Engineering and Inspection services in support of FDOT District 7.

The Design Build concept involves pairing a design team with a construction team to create one, synergistic entity that delivers a project from beginning to end. This differs from the more traditional “design-bid-build concept” where one firm designs a project that is then put out to bid and awarded to a construction company to build.

The Design Build method can save time and money by overlapping the design and construction phases. Other benefits include improved design efficiency through on-going constructability reviews and better management of the project schedule including doing more work in a shorter amount of time.

So the next time you’re maneuvering through a sea of orange cones on Gandy Boulevard, remember that the Selmon Extension Team is working to make your everyday commute safer and more efficient – and saving time at the same time!

Quality Control

Our Selmon Extension Project team are trained, certified professional Quality Control Inspectors that reviews information from Pre-Construction to Post-Construction in every aspect of work.  They use effective electronic, written and photographic inspection techniques and provide complete and accurate documentation.

Our Inspectors evaluate every construction task from geotechnical work, drilled shafts, selection of equipment, tooling, concrete mix design, drilling methodology and more.  All Material certifications are reviewed to ensure they are current and active to ensure zero defects in delivered goods.

Total Quality Control is a commitment of the Selmon Extension Project and involves many elements. Design reviews to ensure safe and effective construction procedures are a major element. Other elements include extensive training and certifications for personnel and continually maintaining equipment.

Proper inspection requires not only technical expertise and knowledge of the materials and procedures to be used, but also sound judgment, diplomacy and good communication skills. All Contractor’s activity is inspected and documented.  Rest assured the Selmon Extension is being monitored and inspected to the highest level.

Media Alert – Crews are conducting preconstruction activities on the Selmon Extension

 

Media Alert

January 19, 2018
Contact Information:
Mellisa McColley, Project Information Officer
Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com
813-613-2306

Tampa, FL – Crews are conducting preconstruction activities on the Selmon Extension

Beginning Sunday, January 21, 2018 through Friday, January 26, 2018 short intermittent lane closures may occur along Eastbound and Westbound Gandy Boulevard to allow contractors to complete geotechnical boring in the area. There will be minor traffic disruptions for motorists and noise will be kept to a minimum.

Construction activities that will not impact traffic include relocating utility poles, the removal of roots and stumps, excavation and erosion control to prepare for the construction and maintenance of the highway and for the safety of the traveling public.

Please be reminded that both the Gandy Park South on the Southside of Gandy Boulevard and the Al Palonis Park on the north side of Gandy Boulevard are closed for the duration of the Selmon Extension construction. The Gandy Boat ramp will remain open. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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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Potholing For Utilities

 

The Selmon Extension Construction Team is currently Potholing for Utilities.  Potholing is a method that includes vacuum excavation for the purpose of obtaining visual confirmation of utilities and underground obstructions near or crossing the planned bore path. This is a process by where a small, exploratory hole is dug along the proposed path of underground construction to ensure there’s no conflict with existing subsurface construction or any other feature that will interfere with the project.

Trenchless technology, like any subsurface construction, requires our Contractors to know exactly where any adjacent underground utilities and obstructions are located.

Contractors will be Potholing for Utilities until the middle of February.  There will be minimal impacts to the traveling public while this task is being performed.

Media Alert – Crews will continue installing the third test shaft on the Selmon Extension

 

Media Alert
January 12, 2018

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

Tampa, FL – Crews will continue installing the third test shaft on the Selmon Extension

Beginning Sunday, January 14, 2018 through Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 9 pm to 6 am both Eastbound and Westbound Gandy Boulevard left thru lanes between Trask Street and Hesperides Street will be closed for geotechnical work.

Crews are currently installing the third test shaft that will be serve as a basis for what will eventually be used to build the permanent piers. There will be minor traffic disruptions for motorists and noise will be kept to a minimum.

Other construction activities that will not impact traffic include the removal of roots and stumps, excavation and erosion control to prepare for the construction and maintenance of the highway and for the safety of the traveling public.

Please be reminded that both the Gandy Park South on the Southside of Gandy Boulevard and the Al Palonis Park on the north side of Gandy Boulevard are closed for the duration of the Selmon Extension construction. The Gandy Boat ramp will remain open. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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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Media Alert – Crews are working on the third test shaft on the Selmon Extension

Media Alert
January 5, 2018

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

 

Tampa, FL – Crews are working on the third test shaft on the Selmon Extension

Beginning Sunday, January 7, 2018 through Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 9 pm to 6 am both Eastbound and Westbound Gandy Boulevard left thru lanes between Trask Street and Hesperides Street will be closed for geotechnical work.

Crews are currently working on the third test shaft that will be serve as a basis for what will eventually be used to build the permanent piers. There will be minor traffic disruptions for motorists and noise will be kept to a minimum.

Please be reminded that both the Gandy Park South on the Southside of Gandy Boulevard and the Al Palonis Park on the north side of Gandy Boulevard are closed for the duration of the Selmon Extension construction. The Gandy Boat ramp will remain open. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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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Utility Coordination

There are a lot of moving parts involved in the construction process, so planning is essential to a successful project. One of the biggest obstacles is often unseen because it’s located underground, utilities.

Locating and identifying the plethora of utility lines that are buried under our roads (gas, water, sewer, electrical, communication, fiber optics, drainage, and gas/oil pipelines) is extremely important to avoid potential disaster or huge delays later during more advanced stages of construction.

You would be amazed to see how much utility infrastructure exists, and how much has already been used and abandoned.  Believe it or not, often utility owners are not able to accurately locate their lines, confirm if they are still in use or even exist! Even though our contractors request a “locate request” for the utility to flag or mark the area where the lines exist we have found instances where the markers or flags are 3’ from where the line lives.

To avoid and interruption in utility services, we have our contractors out on Gandy Boulevard locating the underground utilities. Please, be patient with the utilities as they may have to have an intermittent lane closures that occurs with short notice.

The Road to the Future

 

Building infrastructure is a complicated process and there are always variables that can potentially cause delays, think hurricanes and other weather issues. However, with that said, depending on your perspective we are lucky or unlucky that in Florida because we can build things year-round while that’s not feasible in other parts of the country. In other words, we don’t get a “winter-break.”

By the time you actually see a project being built, years of work have already gone into the planning and design of the project, not to mention finding the money to get the job done.  For smaller city or county jobs, projects have likely been in the works between two and four years.  For larger projects, that time frame goes up to five to 15 years. In the case of the Selmon Extension, although the Authority has only been involved for about 9 years, engineers were working on solutions to help with the traffic on Gandy over 20 years ago!

From beginning to end, the life of a road project typically goes through these stages:  concept planning, traffic studies, scoping, securing funding, environmental studies, surveying, geotechnical studies, design, planning review, contracting and then, finally, building the road.

Most people only see or notice that last phase of the project, the ole grand finale. (Who doesn’t love the grand finale, sans a few pets in the neighborhood?)

The good news is that Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) has completed all the planning and studies, (SelmonExtension.com under the “Documents” tab). We’ve secured funding – Authority bonds and toll revenue – no tax dollars!  So, after 20 years of planning and conducting studies it’s finally grand finale time for the Selmon Extension!

Throughout planning and design of the Selmon Extension our goal was to build an iconic extension of the Selmon Expressway that would improve mobility and the quality of life of both commuters and local residents. In order to minimize the impacts of construction we have implemented steep penalties for construction delays and road closures during peak commuting hours. We are doing everything we can to make sure this project is completed safely with minimal impacts to businesses, residents and the traveling public.

However, we also recognize construction is inconvenient for everyone and especially difficult for the businesses along the Gandy corridor. So, we hope that when you enter the construction zone along Gandy Boulevard this year, instead of asking “Why is this taking so long?” You will instead ask, “How can I help #SupportLocal businesses?” Please remember you can help them by shopping at Gandy businesses during construction.

Visit www.ShopGandy.com for more information about Shop Gandy!

 

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