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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!

 

Media Alert- Test Shafts Continue on Selmon Extension

 

Media Alert
January 2, 2018

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

 

Tampa, FL – Test Shafts Continue on Selmon Extension

Beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2018 through Friday, January 5, 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 working on four test shafts 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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How will you get HOME tonight?

 

Throughout the year, there are many reasons to celebrate. Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, spring break, etc.  It’s party time!

Taking that celebration out? Think before you drink, how will you get home tonight? Having people over? Think before they drink, how will they get home tonight?

Think before they drink, how will they get home tonight?  Enjoy your New Year’s Eve, but be smart!  How will you get home tonight?

MYTHS AND FACTS ON ALCOHOL

 

The legal drinking age in Florida is 21. Anyone under the age of 21 in possession of alcohol can be cited for a second-degree misdemeanor, which can lead to costly court fees, fines and other lasting consequences. Selling alcohol to anyone under 21 or buying alcohol for anyone under 21 is also a misdemeanor.

Know the facts about alcohol consumption:

Myth: Coffee can sober up someone who has had too much to drink.

Fact: Only time sobers. It takes about one hour for your body to process each drink.

Myth: Hard liquor is more intoxicating than beer or wine.

Fact: A 12-ounce can of beer, a five-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce wine cooler contain the same amount of alcohol and the same intoxication potential as 1 1/2 oz. of liquor.

Myth: Someone who has had too much to drink will look intoxicated.

Fact: Someone’s physical appearance can be misleading. One drink can impair someone’s ability to drive. Judgment is the first thing affected when someone has been drinking and important motor skills are next.

 

 

Drive Sober

 

FHP has the following tips to help you make that celebration fun and safe.  Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.  Always Buckle Up. A seat belt is your vehicle’s most important safety feature, but it only works if you use it.  Before drinking, designate a sober driver.  If you are a designated driver, do not drink. One drink is one too many.

If you’re impaired and did not designate a driver, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.  If you happen to see an impaired driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement or dial *FHP (*347). This call could save a life.

If you know people who are about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.  Remember, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle (in motion or stopped) by the driver and or the passenger(s) is a violation of Florida law.

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