Media Alert – Preparation work continues for the Selmon Extension

Media Alert

December 15, 2017

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

 

Tampa, FL – Preparation work continues for the Selmon Extension

Beginning Monday, December 18, 2017 through Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from 9 am to 5 pm the Southbound SR 618 (Selmon Expressway) Dale Mabry Highway exit ramp right shoulder will be closed for geotechnical work.  In addition, there may be short intermittent temporary lane closures along Eastbound and Westbound Gandy Boulevard from Monday, December 18 through Friday, December 22 from 7 am to 6 pm to allow TECO to accurately locate utilities, again in preparation for the Selmon Extension.

Also beginning Monday, December 18, 2017 and continuing through Friday, December 22, 2017 from 9 pm to 6 am, both Eastbound and Westbound Gandy Boulevard left thru lanes between Westshore Boulevard and Bridge Street will be closed.  There will also be an Eastbound Gandy Boulevard left thru lane closure during this same time frame just east of S Church Avenue and west of Dale Mabry Highway.  There may be intermittent stop and go traffic queue restrictions both Eastbound and Westbound Gandy Boulevard at the Bridge Street turn lanes at night.  Workers will be performing geotechnical work, installing barrier wall and installing temporary striping and signing.

Customers are reminded that the Gandy Park South on the Southside of Gandy Boulevard and the Al Palonis Park on the north side of Gandy Boulevard is 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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Items to Include in Your Emergency Road Kit

ITEMS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR EMERGENCY ROAD KIT

An emergency kit for the road in your car could make all the difference from being stuck somewhere for a while or getting back on the road safely and quickly. Every vehicle should have one. It’s not hard to put a kit together yourself and it may be less expensive than buying a ready-made one.

Main Key Items To Include:

  • 1 – 2 quarts of oil
  • 12-foot jumper cables (You will be glad you have longer ones)
  • 3 – 15-minute roadside flares
  • Antifreeze
  • Baby Wipes
  • Blanket
  • Bottled water
  • Chapstick
  • Duct tape
  • Extra fuses
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Granola or energy bars
  • Heavy-duty bag, backpack, or box to keep it all in.
  • Help sign
  • Ice scraper (Even if you live in Florida, you may travel to a cold location one day)
  • Leatherman Tool (Or other multi-purpose tool)
  • Matches
  • Other Items You Can Include:
  • Paper towels
  • Pen and paper
  • Pocketknife
  • Poncho
  • Rags
  • Rope or Twine
  • Safety Pins
  • Small to Medium First aid kit
  • Tire inflator (like Fix-A-Flat)
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washer fluid
  • Whistle

It’s a good idea to become familiar with your road-side kit before you ever have to use it. Be sure that all adult and teen drivers in your household know how to use each of the items. Using good judgment is the most important tool. Where you stop to change a tire is perhaps more important than just knowing how to change that tire, for example. So with a little planning, gathering, and space in your trunk; an emergency kit for your vehicle could really save the day.

Travel With a Roadside Emergency Kit on Long Trips

 

TRAVEL WITH A ROADSIDE EMERGENCY KIT ON LONG TRIPS

You should always travel with a roadside emergency kit on long trips.  You may have experienced a situation like this: You are driving at night, perhaps in a desolate area, and realize that something is wrong with your car. The control of your car gradually gets more difficult and so you slowly ease the car over to the side of the road and get out. At this point you realize that you have a flat tire, and you do not have your spare.

Maybe your vehicle has OnStar or you are a member of an auto club where you can find help just a call away. Yet if not, you may have to find a place to spend the night or flag down a passing driver for help. This is a situation that you could really benefit from having a well-equipped road-side emergency kit in your trunk.

Come back tomorrow to read about what items to include in your emergency kit.

What Types of Orange Warning Signs Can We Expect to See on the Construction Zone?

 

WHAT TYPES OF ORANGE WARNING SIGNS CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE ON THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE?

Work zones are commonly identified by orange warning signs. Many work zones also use a full complement of standard road signs as listed below. Remember all rules of the road apply in work zones, including compliance to the posted signs.

  • Orange work zone warning signs
  • Orange safe speed advisory signs (curves, rough roadway, etc.)
  • Portable Changeable Message Signs (PCMS)
  • Variable Message Signs, permanent (VMS)
  • Temporary guide and directional signing (green or orange)
  • Road and ramp closure signs

If you see Orange Signs near the roadway, please approach with caution!

Why do you post “Construction Ahead” signs when no work is going on?

 

WHY DO YOU POST “CONSTRUCTION AHEAD” SIGNS WHEN NO WORK IS GOING ON?

A lot of times, you’ll see construction ahead signs and see no workers on the job site. Even if you don’t see any obvious construction workers, it’s still imperative that you obey the posted speed limit signs. Never assume that just because you don’t see workers right now, that they won’t be working a little ways up the road or that the speed limit doesn’t apply.

Not only will speeding in a construction zone put workers at risk, but you could also receive a hefty fine for doing so if you’re caught by police.

 

Merge Promptly at Lane Closures

 

MERGE PROMPTLY AT LANE CLOSURES

One of the most common causes of accidents and road rage in construction zones is that of lane closures. When you see a sign posted for an upcoming lane closure, be sure to merge as soon as safely possible. Do not wait until the lane is coming to an end to force your way over into the next lane over. This is not only rude to the other drivers who followed the posted signs and merged when they were supposed to, but it can also be dangerous if you cut somebody off or even cause a road rage incident.

Construction zones can be frustrating and dangerous to navigate, but all drivers have a responsibility to keep themselves and others safe while behind the wheel. We will work to keep lane closures to a minimum and during non-peak hours.  Be sure to keep these tips in mind the next time you find yourself needing to navigate through a construction or work zone.

Media Alert – Nighttime work begins on Gandy Boulevard

Media Alert
December 8, 2017

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

 

Tampa, FL – Nighttime work begins on Gandy Boulevard

Beginning Monday, December 11, 2017 through Friday, December 15, 2017 from 9 pm to 6 am both Eastbound and Westbound Gandy Boulevard left thru lanes between Westshore Boulevard and near Bridge Street will be closed for geotechnical work.  There will also be an Eastbound Gandy Boulevard left thru lane closure during this same time frame just east of S Church Avenue and west of Dale Mabry Highway.  There may be intermittent stop and go traffic queue restrictions both Eastbound and Westbound Gandy Boulevard at the Bridge Street turn lanes at night.

Geotechnical work will continue next week on Gandy Boulevard to get a detailed picture of what lies beneath the surface to help plan for the construction of the Selmon Extension.  A geotechnical drill will be on site in order to gather soil information. There will be minor traffic disruptions for motorists and noise will be kept to a minimum.

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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What Exactly Are Merging Tapers?

 

WHAT EXACTLY ARE MERGING TAPERS?

Merging tapers move traffic laterally from the normal lane to an adjacent lane of traffic at prevailing highway speeds.  Merging tapers require the longest taper lengths because drivers are required to merge into a common road lane.  An example of a merging taper is one used on an interstate highway lane closure where two lanes are required to “merge” into one.  A merging taper should be long enough to enable merging drivers to have adequate advanced warning and time to merge into a single lane before the end of the transition.

Merging tapers are set up with orange traffic cones to transition drivers from one lane to another lane.  Be on the lookout in the future as we could have a few of these along Gandy Blvd. so our workers can build the Selmon Extension.  These merging tapers help in aiding the workers a safe working environment.

Why do you close off a long stretch of roadway when work is only being done in a short section?

 

WHY DO YOU CLOSE OFF A LONG STRETCH OF ROADWAY WHEN WORK IS ONLY BEING DONE IN A SHORT SECTION?

There are many reasons why a given length of roadway is closed, but the main reason is too keep our workers safe as well as you the driver!  It is generally more efficient and safer to implement the traffic control for the entire length of the work zone.

By doing this it also maximizes productivity even though it may appear to the driver that little or no work is in progress at any given time. Remember, the work zone is usually observed by the driver for a very short period of time. Roadway work is very dynamic with several ongoing work operations synchronized to result in a finished product. This is usually true for both long and short duration work.

Please travel slow in our work zones to keep us all safe!

Do Storm Drains Get Cleaned?

 

DO STORM DRAINS GET CLEANED?

Storm drain systems need to be cleaned regularly. Routine cleaning reduces the amount of pollutants, trash and debris both in the storm drain system and in receiving waters. Clogged drains and storm drain inlets can cause the drains to overflow, leading to increased erosion. Cleaning increases dissolved oxygen, reduces levels of bacteria, and supports in-stream habitat.

Did you know that our crews have recently cleaned out the storm sewer lines along Gandy Boulevard, which will assist in water flow and drainage? Approximately 105 cubic yards of sediment – that’s seven full dump trucks or 140 tons removed! We also discarded other debris, like old tires, hubcaps, metal poles and cement rocks. Clean box culverts mean better stormwater drainage along Gandy Boulevard!

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