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What are Storm Drain Inlets?


When there are heavy rains, parking lots, streets and flat areas in a town can flood and create hazardous conditions. Storm Drains are drainage systems, which are specifically designed to handle an excess of water as a result of flooding or heavy rainfall. Their sole purpose is to quickly and efficiently move excess storm water into rivers and streams and eventually to the ocean.

The Selmon Extension Project drainage system will meet the needs of the traveling public as well as those of the local community through which it passes.  Storm drain inlets will be installed along the project to prevent people, vehicles, large objects or debris from falling into the storm drain.

How Do Silt Fences Work?


A silt fence is a temporary sediment barrier. It is made from woven, synthetic materials that allow water to seep through, but do not allow larger silt particles to pass. The materials are selected to withstand the elements, and their specific properties are typically referenced in a jurisdiction’s specifications. Silt fence is staked in place between the disturbed ground and the waterway or drainage system that it would flow to.  Silt fence is designed largely to catch sheet flow over a fairly broad area.

Geotechnical Drilling Underway on Gandy Boulevard


Media Alert
December 2, 2017
Contact Information:
Mellisa McColley, Project Information Officer


Tampa, FL – Geotechnical Drilling Underway on Gandy Boulevard

Work will be underway 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.

Monday, December 4, 2017 through Friday, December 8, 2017 a partial Eastbound lane closure on Gandy Boulevard to Church Avenue will be in place to allow crew members to conduct soil borings with rock coring for the proposed bridge foundations.

Workers will also be installing Work Zone signs on Gandy Boulevard throughout the project Sunday, December 3 and Monday, December 4 from 6 am to 9 pm. There may be short intermittent stop and go traffic queue restrictions on these two days.

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





That black fabric is called Silt Fence.  Silt Fence is a woven fabric that temporarily controls sediment. The purpose of a Silt Fence is to retain the soil on disturbed land, such as a construction site, until the activities disturbing the land are sufficiently completed to allow revegetation and permanent soil stabilization to begin. Keeping the soil on a construction site, rather than letting it be washed off into natural water bodies (e.g., streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, estuaries) prevents the degradation of aquatic habitats and siltation of harbor channels. And not letting soil wash off onto roads, which readily transport it to storm sewers, avoids having sewers clogged with sediment.

You will start seeing that black fabric along Gandy Blvd. soon.  Our contractors will put this down before dirt starts being moved to protect our environment.



Flaggers are often used to stop and direct traffic in work zones. Their instructions supersede any posted or implied traffic signals. Their presence will be announced by orange construction signs that say, “flagger ahead.”

Keep an eye out for flaggers in all construction zones and keep your vehicle as far away from their bodies as possible!


A variety of large machines are used to repair and expand roadways. Dump trucks, excavators, asphalt sprayers, and rollers are just a few of the construction vehicles that you may encounter in work zones. Although you may be required to drive close to these machines, try to steer your car as far away from them as possible.

Always maintain a safe following distance.

Move Over, Florida!



Florida law requires you to Move Over a lane — when you can safely do so — for stopped law enforcement, emergency, sanitation, utility service vehicles and tow trucks or wreckers.  If you can’t move over — or when on a two-lane road — slow to a speed that is 20 mph less than the posted speed limit.

Slow down to 5 mph when the posted speed limit is 20 mph or less.  When you fail to Move Over, you put yourself and others at risk; you could crash into a vehicle or worker.

Violating the Move Over law will result in a fine, fees, and points on your driving record.  For more information, see section 316.126, Florida Statutes.






• The first rule is to never drive a car if you are already tired. It is impossible to pay attention to the road, other drivers, and your own vehicle if you are not completely alert.

• Bring along a passenger. Having another person in the car will help you stay focused when driving for long periods of time.

• Listen to the radio. If you do not have a passenger in the car, turn up the radio. While you should never let listening to the radio hinder your ability to pay attention to the road, driving with a little background noise might help you stay alert.

• Take frequent breaks. Never think that you must make a long drive in one stretch. Take a break approximately every two hours.

All of these tips are small things that will help to increase your awareness and alertness while driving for long periods of time. Remember, driving may not be physically demanding, but it can be mentally straining. Driver fatigue is a very real condition and should be taken seriously. If you ever feel that you are too tired to continue after driving for a long period of time, it is imperative that you arrange for another driver to take over or pull over and take a break.



If you get into a traffic back up please do not exit your vehicle. Standing in the middle of the road is never a good idea, even when all the vehicles are stopped. You never know when things will get moving again and you don’t want to be dodging cars. Additionally, leaving your vehicle unattended may attract dishonest individuals.

Please give a good distance to other cars and if there is a back-up, know that staying in your vehicle is the safest option. Thank you for being alert drivers.





Thanksgiving weekend is November 23-26. Many people traditionally use this opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones. Getting to your holiday destination and back to base safely is the goal. Holiday travelers are reminded that this is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Proper planning is crucial to minimize travel delays and maximize time with family and friends. Ensure a back-up plan is established to reduce potential stress.

The following Safety Tips are offered to enhance your Thanksgiving weekend:

MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY: Get your vehicle inspected before any long-distance travel. If you plan to travel alone be sure to let one person know your travel route and final destination.

Avoid these causal factors: Driving while fatigued, impaired, or distracted and speeding. Remain alert to your surroundings and drive defensively.

Maintain safe following distances (2-3 seconds in ideal conditions).

Maximize daylight hours for driving to enhance visibility.

Incorporate rest breaks into travel plans and share driving responsibilities to combat fatigue.

Check weather forecasts for route traveling, and at destination.

Ensure an emergency travel kit is packed.

#BeSafe #HappyThanksgiving #SelmonExtension


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