Blog – Rear-Enders

 

Did you know the most common type of crash is the rear-ender, where one vehicle strikes another from behind? They are most frequently the result of dangerous driving behavior, such as speeding, tailgating, braking too late, or inattention, but can also result from driver negligence and poor brake maintenance. This type of collision usually results in less damage than other types of collisions because the vehicle being hit also moves forward in the crash, cushioning the blow somewhat.

We want you to be safe when traveling in the Selmon Extension construction zone. Please allow extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you. You never know when they may need to stop suddenly.

Media Alert – ACCIDENT NEAR S LOIS AVENUE



Media Alert
March 27, 2018

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

Tampa, FL – ACCIDENT NEAR S LOIS AVENUE

The Eastbound Gandy Boulevard outside lane at S Lois Avenue is currently closed due to an accident.  Emergency personnel have been notified and will be in the area soon.  Crews are in this area assisting with traffic.  Slowdowns are likely for Eastbound Gandy Boulevard, so please pay attention and allow extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

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

 

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Blog – Forklift

 

Forklifts are one of the most important tools and industrial innovations of modern times. The forklift may not be the most interesting piece of machinery in the world, but it effectively saves companies loads of money by doing the work of twenty men.

Despite being used for heavy lifting and transporting in busy areas, forklifts are responsible for only 1% of accidents in construction zones. This is partly down to regulating the speed of the forklifts, which is traditionally around 8 mph, but limited to 3 mph in areas containing pedestrians.

Blog – Road Rollers

 

Road roller (sometimes called a roller-compactor, or just roller) is a compactor type engineering vehicle used to compact soil, gravel, concrete, or asphalt in the construction of roads and foundations, similar rollers are used also at landfills or in agriculture.

The road roller may seem like a modern piece of equipment, but it has been around for centuries. Although it was first used under horse power, the horses were eventually replaced with steam power in 1860. By the 1900s, the steam-powered roller was replaced by rollers that were powered by other sources, such as diesel.

Take a look near the Gandy Bridge and you may see one of these important machines.

Media Alert – Southbound Selmon Extension to Eastbound Gandy Blvd. Ramp to be Temporarily Closed March 21, 2018

Media Alert

March 21, 2018

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

Tampa, FL – Southbound Selmon Extension to Eastbound Gandy Blvd. Ramp to be Temporarily Closed March 21, 2018

Motorists traveling Southbound on the Selmon Extension can expect the Eastbound Gandy Boulevard off ramp to be temporarily closed beginning Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 8 pm.  The temporary closure is needed to allow Contractor’s to repair guardrail on the ramp.  The closure will be in place for a few hours.

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

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Blog – Material Handling Equipment – Cranes

The crane is one very useful construction machine that can be found at every construction site, and can be used for different purposes. The capability to raise and lower different kinds of loads and to move them horizontally, is the reason cranes are widely used machines. You will likely see cranes on Gandy Boulevard in about a year.

This machine got the name ‘crane‘ because it resembles, in shape and structure, the well-known tall long-legged and long-necked bird that has the same name – Crane. These birds are larger when compared with other birds and inhabit every continent except Antarctica and South America. They are also the tallest flying living birds in the world.

People, since ancient times, have used different kinds of machines or devices to lift very heavy loads or materials. The very first human-made crane which was mainly used in the construction process for lifting heavy materials, was invented by the ancient Greeks. By studying the Greek architecture that dates back to 500 BC, the archaeologists from all around the world have found enough evidence to conclude that, for the construction of the ancient wonders, like the Greek Parthenon, a machine like cranes were used.

Blog – Tankers…

 

A tanker truck is a motor vehicle designed to carry liquefied loads, dry bulk cargo or gases. The largest such vehicles are similar to railroad tank cars which are also designed to carry liquefied loads. Many variants exist due to the wide variety of liquids that can be transported. In construction its use for carrying mixed concrete.

Did you know an eighteen wheeler tanker truck can take 40% longer to stop than the average car? This depends on their load and other weather conditions. Most drivers don’t think about this until it is too late! Be cautious while driving around any of these construction vehicles.

Blog – What is a Paver?

 

A Paver is an engineering vehicle used to lay asphalt on roadways, which is normally fed by a dump truck. A separate machine, a roller, is then used to press the hot asphalt mix, resulting a smooth, even surface. The sub-base being prepared by use of a grader to trim crushed stone to profile after rolling.

Blog – Technology and Cars Don’t Mix

 

Technology today provides us with quick, portable access to information. It helps us work more efficiently, but can also create additional distractions that may take our focus off the road. The most alarming of these distractions is talking or texting while driving. These actions require a combination of visual, manual and cognitive attention from a driver. Because of this, the likelihood of a crash increases drastically when you drive while using a hand-held phone.

Don’t risk it! Focus on the road.

Blog – Drivers Can Help Prevent Dangerous Roadway Debris



From seat belts, rain, work zones and tire pressure – we know that you know there are plenty of things to consider before getting on the road.  But, do you ever think much about roadway debris? It’s a potential danger all drivers should be aware of – it’s also something that everyone can help prevent.

Selmon Extension maintenance crews are picking up a lot of debris along Gandy Boulevard.   It’s not only unsafe for vehicles to drive over this debris, but also to the workers as well.  What can you do? Drivers need to make sure their vehicle loads are tied down and covered. It’s also important not to overload your vehicle. To cut down on the chances of having a blowout (that’s what contributes to the tons and tons of rubber out on the roads), it’s essential that you maintain your vehicle’s tires and make sure they’re at the proper pressure.

Please make sure that you’re not letting things fly off your vehicle.  This will keep you and your passengers safe.

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