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/

Media Alert – Rumble Strips Have Been Added in an Effort to Slow Drivers Down Heading in Work Area

Media Alert
May 11, 2018

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

Tampa, FL – RUMBLE STRIPS HAVE BEEN ADDED IN AN EFFORT TO SLOW DRIVERS DOWN HEADING IN WORK AREA

Beginning Tuesday, May 15, 2018 both the eastbound and westbound Gandy Boulevard Avenue inside turn lanes at Manhattan Avenue will be temporarily eliminated to allow contractors to complete the roadway widening construction in the area.  One turn lane in each direction will remain in place at this location.

In addition, a new traffic configuration was recently set in place for westbound Gandy Boulevard travelers wanting to turn into the boat ramp, as well as vehicles wanting to go back eastbound.

The new turn around configuration allows westbound Gandy motorists to turn near the bridge onto a dedicated left turn lane onto the Frontage Road. Motorists will continue on the Frontage Road to the boat ramp or the second entrance to travel back eastbound on Gandy Boulevard.  Advanced notification signs remain in place to assist in this modification.  Graphics are included to show this traffic configuration.

As a reminder, 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.  There may also be intermittent night time lane closures throughout the project limits. Through travel lanes will remain open during day time 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.  Rumble strips were installed on eastbound Gandy Boulevard right after you cross the Gandy Bridge in an effort to slow drivers down heading into the work area.  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.

 

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Media Alert – Manhattan Avenue Inside Turn Lanes to be Temporarily Eliminated Delayed

Media Alert
May 7, 2018

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

Tampa, FL – MANHATTAN AVENUE INSIDE TURN LANES TO BE TEMPORARILY ELIMINATED DELAYED

The elimination of both the eastbound and westbound Gandy Boulevard Avenue inside turn lanes at Manhattan Avenue has been pushed back to early next week around Sunday, May 13, 2018. These traffic lanes will be temporarily eliminated to allow contractors to complete the roadway widening construction in the area. One turn lane in each direction will remain in place at this location.

In addition, a new traffic configuration was recently set in place for westbound Gandy Boulevard travelers wanting to turn into the boat ramp, as well as vehicles wanting to go back eastbound.

The new turn around configuration allows westbound Gandy motorists to turn near the bridge onto a dedicated left turn lane onto the Frontage Road. Motorists will continue on the Frontage Road to the boat ramp or the second entrance to travel back eastbound on Gandy Boulevard. Advanced notification signs remain in place to assist in this modification. Graphics are included to show this traffic configuration.

As a reminder, 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. There may also be intermittent night time lane closures throughout the project limits. Through travel lanes will remain open during day time 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.

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Media Alert – Manhattan Avenue Inside Turn Lanes to Be Temporarily Eliminated

Media Alert
May 4, 2018

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

 

Tampa, FL – MANHATTAN AVENUE INSIDE TURN LANES TO BE TEMPORARILY ELIMINATED

Beginning Sunday, May 6, 2018 both the eastbound and westbound Gandy Boulevard Avenue inside turn lanes at Manhattan Avenue will be temporarily eliminated to allow contractors to complete the roadway widening construction in the area.  One turn lane in each direction will remain in place at this location.

In addition, a new traffic configuration was recently set in place for westbound Gandy Boulevard travelers wanting to turn into the boat ramp, as well as vehicles wanting to go back eastbound.

The new turn around configuration allows westbound Gandy motorists to turn near the bridge onto a dedicated left turn lane onto the Frontage Road. Motorists will continue on the Frontage Road to the boat ramp or the second entrance to travel back eastbound on Gandy Boulevard.  Advanced notification signs remain in place to assist in this modification.  Graphics are included to show this traffic configuration.

As a reminder, 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.  There may also be intermittent night time lane closures throughout the project limits. Through travel lanes will remain open during day time 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.

 

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Media Alert – New Traffic Configurations Along Gandy Boulevard

Media Alert
April 27, 2018

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

Tampa, FL – NEW TRAFFIC CONFIGURATIONS ALONG GANDY BOULEVARD

Early next week, motorists traveling westbound on Gandy Boulevard will see a new traffic configuration for vehicles wanting to turn into the boat ramp, as well as vehicles wanting to go back eastbound.

The new turn around configuration will allow westbound Gandy motorists to turn near the bridge onto a dedicated left turn lane onto the Frontage Road. Motorists will continue on the Frontage Road to the boat ramp or to travel back eastbound on Gandy Boulevard.  Advanced notification signs will be in place to assist in this modification. Graphics are included to show this traffic configuration.

In addition, beginning Sunday, April 29, 2018 traffic west of Westshore Boulevard will have a new traffic shift. Eastbound Gandy Boulevard traffic will be shifted south onto the new paved roadway a few days later, westbound traffic will be shifted south onto the old eastbound roadway. These traffic shifts will allow contractors to complete the roadway widening construction in the area.

Motorists need to also be aware that of two intersection on Gandy Boulevard where the right turn lanes have been combined into a thru and right turn lane: eastbound and westbound at Westshore Boulevard and eastbound at Lois Avenue.

Similarly, the westbound left inside turn lane at Manhattan Avenue has been eliminated to allow sufficient access for contractors to conduct work in the median.  The outside turn lane remains in place.

As a reminder, 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.  There may also be intermittent night time lane closures throughout the project limits. Through travel lanes will remain open during day time 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.

 

 

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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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