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Selmon Expressway Regional Evacuation Study

Modeling & Assessment of the Selmon Expressway for Regional Evacuations

Objectives of this Study

  • Measure the effectiveness of THEA’s Contraflow Plan
  • Study the evacuation impact of the Selmon
  • Expressway Contraflow on the transportation system
  • Evaluate resiliency benefits of the Selmon Expressway and surrounding local road network during an evacuation
  • Identify potential system failures that could threaten the contraflow plan and identify an alternative
  • Identify potential system failures that could threaten the contraflow plan and identify an alternative

Overall results of the Selmon Expressway Regional Evacuation Study

Selmon West Extension shifts pass-through traffic from surface roadway to elevated lanes resulting in:

  • Reduced congestion for local traffic
  • Reduced delay for local traffic
  • Selmon West Extension also helps to spread Tampa Bay traffic across all three east-west bridges, benefitting all three
  • Congestion and delay benefits within the South Tampa/Gandy Boulevard Network become greater as need increases providing more benefit to local evacuees when it is needed most

Download the presentation slides of the Modeling & Assessment of the Selmon Expressway for Regional Evacuations study by clicking here.

Hurricane Supplies List

Are You Ready for a Hurricane?

Hurricanes can be life-threatening and cause serious property-damage. When a hurricane blows in threatening hazards such as floods, storm surge, high winds and even tornadoes threaten you and your family’s safety.

Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane.

The American Red Cross Recommends that you are well prepared in case disaster strikes. Below is their recommended hurricane supplies list.

Hurricane Supplies List:

  • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight [Available on the Red Cross Store]
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) [Available on the Red Cross Store]
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage

Hurricane Readiness Tips

Are You Ready for a Hurricane?

Tampa Bay has been really fortunate, we haven’t had a hurricane hit in over 10 years. However, it’s important that you and your family are prepared in case disaster strikes.

Here are some helpful hurricane readiness tips:

  • Create a hurricane evacuation plan with members of your household. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
  • Find out about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
    Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
  • Listen for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Check your disaster supplies. Replace or restock as needed.
  • Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).
  • Close your windows, doors, and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off your propane tank.
  • Unplug small appliances.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.

Please, remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. It’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. For more information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program Web site at www.FloodSmart.gov.

Rendering for Gandy Extension design

Click Here to Download – Rendering of the Selmon Extension 

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Selmon Extension Map


 

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Construction Updates for Selmon Gandy Extension

Currently, THEA is updating the 2010 PD&E study. The Selmon Extension is a 1.6-mile toll lane that will run above the median of Gandy Boulevard and will create a choice for local residents and regional travelers: use Gandy Blvd. for local destinations or use the Selmon Extension for a direct connection to the Selmon Expressway or the Gandy Bridge.

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