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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.

Media Alert – Tampa, FL – Traffic Switch Starting at Bridge Street

Media Alert

March 16, 2018

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

Tampa, FL – TRAFFIC SWITCH STARTING AT BRIDGE STREET

Motorists traveling Eastbound Gandy Boulevard near Bridge Street will be driving on a new temporary road surface Friday, March 16, 2018 at 9 pm, as construction pushes ahead for the Selmon Extension project.  The traffic switch will remain in place through the spring to allow contractors to complete the phased roadway construction along the west end of Gandy Boulevard.

One lane on both Eastbound and Westbound Gandy Boulevard between Westshore Boulevard and the Gandy Bridge continue to be closed through Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 9 pm to 6 am to allow crews to complete roadway widening activities in the area.

In addition there may be intermittent night time lane closures throughout the project limits to conduct utility relocation work, excavation work and roadway restriping along Gandy Boulevard during this time-frame.  Through travel lanes will remain open during day time hours.

Please be reminded that both the Gandy Park South on the south side 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 during our Gandy Boulevard improvements.

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 – Defensive Driver on Board!

 

“Defensive driving” is an important part of being a safe driver. Defensive driving is defined as driving to save lives, time and money in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others. When you are a defensive driver, you drive to protect yourself while on the road. You prepare for and prevent collisions and violations before they occur by taking every reasonable preventive measure possible.

A “preventable collision” is defined as a collision in which the driver fails to do everything reasonable to avoid it. Did you know that the vast majority of collisions that occur in the United States are preventable? Not only that, but many of them occurred because the driver was violating the law. So what about you? Are you doing everything you can to be a safe driver?

Are you following the rules of the road?

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.

Media Alert – Paving Begins Near Westshore Boulevard


Media Alert

March 9, 2018

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

Tampa, FL – PAVING BEGINS NEAR WESTSHORE BOULEVARD

Beginning Sunday, March 11, 2018 through Friday, March 23, 2018 from 9 pm to 6 am both Eastbound and Westbound Gandy Boulevard inside lanes between Westshore Boulevard and Bridge Street will be closed to allow crews to complete roadway widening activities in the area.

Contractors will be complete paving along the west end of Gandy Boulevard, utility relocation work and roadway restriping along Gandy Boulevard during this timeframe.  Travel lanes will remain open during day time hours.

Please be reminded that both the Gandy Park South on the south side 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 during our Gandy Boulevard improvements.

You will continue to see more workers in the area, so 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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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.

Media Alert – Night Time Work Near Westshore Boulevard


Media Alert

March 4, 2018

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

                          Tampa, FL – NIGHT TIME WORK NEAR WESTSHORE BOULEVARD

Beginning Sunday, March 4, 2018 through Friday, March 9, 2018 from 9 pm to 6 am both Eastbound and Westbound Gandy Boulevard inside lanes between Westshore Boulevard and Bridge Street will be closed to allow crews to complete roadway widening activities in the area.

In addition, during this time, short intermittent lane closures may occur along Eastbound and Westbound Gandy Boulevard to allow contractors to complete paving along the west end of Gandy Boulevard, utility relocation work and roadway restriping along Gandy Boulevard.

Please be reminded that both the Gandy Park South on the south side 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 during our Gandy Boulevard improvements.

You will continue to see more workers in the area, so 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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