Blog – What are those poles sitting in the median?

Those orange poles or in the construction world, are called delineators. They can be used during daytime or nighttime activities. If you’ve noticed, they’re sitting on top of the concrete barrier walls along the West Selmon Extension project in the median. They’re made with reflectors so that you visibly see the wall and don’t drive into it. They also play a crucial part of communicating traffic flow and direction around businesses or construction site. They act as a guide that tells motorists and pedestrians which way to go. They can be used on long highways or through short stretches of road during construction.

 

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Media Alert – Construction Activities July 15 – July 21

Media Alert
July 13, 2018

Contact Information:
Kym Graves, Project Information Officer
Kym@SelmonExtension.com
813-613-2306

Tampa, FL – Construction Activities July 15 – July 21

  • A new lane configuration has been implemented between eastbound Gandy Boulevard and Lois Avenue. The merge for motorists coming off the Selmon Expressway and those wanting to get on the Expressway has been greatly shortened.
  • Since this lane configuration will remain in place to during the construction of the Selmon Extension new ramps, to avoid congestion in this area during rush-hour traffic, we advise travelers to use the alternate route.  Turn left (north) on Dale Mabry and access the Selmon Expressway ramp, located just behind Target.
  • The sidewalk remains closed on eastbound Gandy Boulevard between Lois Avenue and S. Dale Mabry. Pedestrians wanting to access Lois Avenue from S. Dale Mabry will have to use the crosswalk to west Gandy Boulevard and access the sidewalk. Detour signs are posted to alert pedestrians. Graphics are included to show the detour.
  • TECO continues intermittent daytime lane closures from 9 am to 3 pm to allow crews to conduct utility work along the project limits.
  • One lane on both eastbound and westbound Gandy Boulevard between Westshore Boulevard and the Gandy Bridge will be closed each night between 9 pm and 6 am to allow crews to complete roadway widening activities in the area as well as drill shaft pours.
  • There may be intermittent nighttime lane closures throughout the project limits to conduct utility relocation work, geotechnical investigations and excavation work along Gandy Boulevard during this timeframe.

In an effort to keep the construction crews and the traveling public safe, we want to remind motorists that the posted construction speed limit is 45 miles an hour. Speed enforcement will be in place in the signed construction zones. The fine for speeding in a construction zone is double the amount of a regular ticket.

 

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Blog – Light in the Darkest Places

“Take me to your leader!” Don’t worry these are not aliens. But these LED “Halo” hardhats do serve a purpose. They help you see Selmon Extension Construction crews working during nighttime activities. Drivers at night sometimes have a difficult time seeing workers in a construction zone, especially along roads with little or no street lighting. For those crews, the brighter the better, which means a much safer work environment. Most nighttime work is very common to reduce limited traffic impacts. Safety first! For more safety tips on nighttime driving click here: https://www.tampa-xway.com/safety-tips-for-night-driving/

SELMON EXTENSION BUSINESS OWNERS’ ENGAGEMENT INVITATION

Dear Gandy Business Owner,

It is with great pleasure to invite you to attend the Selmon Extension Construction Team’s first Business Owners’ Engagement Meeting. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet with the project team and address your concerns about the construction of the project. We want you to attend, but if you can’t, we encourage you to appoint someone as your representative to attend on your behalf. We hope to see you there!

Blog – An inside look at the Selmon Extension Bridge Piers

A pier is what helps hold the bridge up! Take a closer look at this rendering for the Selmon Extension. You can see the tree-like architectural design on the inside of the pier. The pier itself serves as a support system for the arch or bridge in this case. The simplest cross section of the pier is square, or rectangular, but other shapes are also common. The Extension will have multiple aesthetic piers that will include decorative lighting like the one you see below, once it’s complete in fall of 2020.

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Media Alert – City of Tampa Detour Scheduled for Selmon Expressway Ramp Closure

Media Alert
July 5, 2018

Contact Information:
Kym Graves, Project Information Officer
Kym@SelmonExtension.com
813-613-2306

Tampa, FL – CITY OF TAMPA DETOUR SCHEDULED FOR SELMON EXPRESSWAY RAMP CLOSURE

On Monday, July 9, 2018, the City of Tampa Utilities will close the northbound Selmon Expressway on-ramp from Dale Mabry from 7 pm – 6 am to access the manhole cover as part of their utility improvements. Signs will be placed to re-route the traveling public to the approved detour to access the Selmon Expressway.

Also, a reminder a new lane configuration has been implemented between eastbound Gandy Boulevard and Lois Avenue. The merge for motorists coming off the Selmon Expressway and those wanting to get on the Expressway has been greatly shortened.

  • The sidewalk remains closed on eastbound Gandy Boulevard between Lois Avenue and S. Dale Mabry. Pedestrians wanting to access Lois Avenue from S. Dale Mabry will have to use the crosswalk to west Gandy Boulevard and access the sidewalk. Detour signs are posted to alert pedestrians. Graphics are included to show the detour.
  • TECO continues intermittent daytime lane closures from 9 am to 3 pm to allow crews to conduct utility work along the project limits.
  • One lane on both eastbound and westbound Gandy Boulevard between Westshore Boulevard and the Gandy Bridge will be closed each night between 9 pm and 6 am to allow crews to complete roadway widening activities in the area as well as drill shaft pours.
  • There may be intermittent nighttime lane closures throughout the project limits to conduct utility relocation work, geotechnical investigations and excavation work along Gandy Boulevard during this timeframe.

In an effort to keep the construction crews and the traveling public safe, we want to remind motorists that the posted construction speed limit is 45 miles an hour. Speed enforcement will be in place in the signed construction zones. The fine for speeding in a construction zone is double the amount of a regular ticket.

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Blog – What is that giant crane along West Gandy Boulevard?

This machine is called a drill-shaft rig. It allows the construction crews to drill a hole in the ground to pour concrete and steel for the foundation of the Extension piers. Drilled shafts are often used for different types of construction projects such as this one. These elements are high-capacity, cast-in-place deep foundations, designed to support the construction and reinforce the structure. Beginning this month, Extension crews will conduct nighttime drill shaft pours that will require intermittent lane closures. This affects the eastbound and westbound inside turn lanes on Gandy Boulevard, weather permitting.

 

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Blog – How prepared are you for Hurricane season?

Hurricane season is here!  From June 1 to November 30, we Floridians should keep on alert!

The Extension project team is all about safety and we follow state-approved polices to keep our community safe – and to minimize damage to structures and equipment.

When there is a Hurricane Alert, the team follows its approved procedures to secure or remove items such as traffic barrels, barricades, temporary signage and any other objects that strong winds may carry off.

We’ve also been stocking up on emergency supplies, including batteries, flashlights, and rain gear. We’re making sure that equipment such as trucks, cranes and portable pumps and generators are fueled and working properly in case they need to be used in emergency situations.

You can do the same!  For more information on Hurricane preparedness tips click here:  https://www.tampa-xway.com/hurricane-season-preparations/

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