Media Alert – Construction Activities July 1 – July 7

Media Alert
June 28, 2018

Contact Information:
Kym Graves, Project Information Officer
Kym@SelmonExtension.com
813-613-2306

Tampa, FL – Construction Activities July 1 – July 7

No construction activity will take place on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

On Sunday, July 1, 2018 and Monday, July 2, 2018 traffic on eastbound Gandy Boulevard between Lois Avenue and S. Dale Mabry will be reduced to one lane and the ramp to the Selmon Expressway will be closed from 7 pm – 6 am, weather permittng.

On Sunday, July 1, 2018, there will be intermittent lane closures from 9 pm – 6 am to allow crews to shift traffic to its permanent location along westbound Gandy Boulevard (near the Gandy Bridge), weather permitting. Signs are posted to alert motorists about this upcoming traffic shift.

A new lane configuration has been implemented between eastbound Gandy Boulevard and Lois Avenue. The merge for motorists coming off the Selmon Expressway and those wanting to get on the Expressway has been greatly shortened.

Since this lane configuration will remain in place to during the construction of the Selmon Extension new ramps, to avoid congestion in this area during rush-hour traffic, we advise travelers to use the alternate route. Turn left (north) on Dale Mabry and access the Selmon Expressway ramp, located just behind Target.

The sidewalk remains closed on eastbound Gandy Boulevard between Lois Avenue and S. Dale Mabry. Pedestrians wanting to access Lois Avenue from S. Dale Mabry will have to use the crosswalk to west Gandy Boulevard and access the sidewalk. Detour signs will be posted to alert pedestrians. Graphics are included to show the detour.

TECO continues intermittent daytime lane closures from 9 am to 3 pm to allow crews to conduct utility work along the project limits.

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 to allow crews to complete roadway widening activities in the area.

There may be intermittent nighttime lane closures throughout the project limits to conduct utility relocation work, geotechnical investigations and excavation work along Gandy Boulevard during this timeframe.

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. 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- Selmon Expressway Ramp Closed and Lanes Reduced

Media Alert
June 28, 2018

Contact Information:
Kym Graves, Project Information Officer
Kym@SelmonExtension.com
813-613-2306

Tampa, FL – SELMON EXPRESSWAY RAMP CLOSED AND LANES REDUCED

On Sunday, July 1, 2018 and Monday, July 2, 2018 traffic on eastbound Gandy Boulevard between Lois Avenue and S. Dale Mabry will be reduced to one lane and the ramp to the Selmon Expressway will be closed from 7 pm – 6 am, weather permitting.

This will allow crews to pave, widen the outside lane and install a temporary barrier wall along the on-ramp.

Those wanting to access the Selmon Expressway eastbound need to use the S. Dale Mabry on-ramp. Message boards are on display to alert motorists of the ramp closure. The Selmon Expressway westbound off-ramp will remain open for traffic.

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Blog – Do you know what a MSE Wall is?

 

The Selmon Extension Construction Team is building a Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) wall to support the new ramps near the Gandy Bridge. MSE walls consist of alternating layers of granular fill with artificial reinforcing elements such as steel or synthetic mesh to hold everything in place.  The face of the wall is made of precast concrete panels. It can be used for retaining walls, bridge abutments, seawalls and dikes. Selmon Extension Construction crews anticipate to begin work on the MSE wall on the west end of Gandy Boulevard early July.

Media Alert – Construction Starts on the East End of Gandy Boulevard

Media Alert
June 21, 2018

Contact Information
Kym Graves, Project Information Officer
Kym@SelmonExtension.com
813-613-2306

Tampa, FL – CONSTRUCTION STARTS ON THE EAST END OF GANDY BOULEVARD

Today, June 21, 2018 there will be intermittent lane closures from 9 pm to 6 am to allow Selmon Extension crews to restripe the roadway eastbound Gandy Boulevard between Church Street and S. Dale Mabry Highway, weather permitting.

Beginning Monday, June 25, 2018 through Friday, June 29, 2018 there will be intermittent lane closures from 9pm to 6am to allow crews to start work in the median and the outside lane of Gandy Boulevard.  Crews will close the sidewalk on eastbound Gandy Boulevard between Lois Avenue and S. Dale Mabry. Pedestrians wanting to access Lois Avenue from S. Dale Mabry will have to use the crosswalk to west Gandy Boulevard and access the sidewalk. Detour signs will be posted to alert pedestrians. Graphics are included to show the detour.

In addition, starting Monday, June 25, 2018 through Friday, June 29, 2018 crews will conduct a shoulder closure on the Selmon Expressway on-ramp from eastbound Gandy Boulevard from 7pm – 6am for 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.  Drivers are urged to use caution while workers are present in this area.

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 to allow crews to complete roadway widening activities in the area.  There may be intermittent nighttime lane closures throughout the project limits to conduct utility relocation work, geotechnical investigations and excavation work along Gandy Boulevard during this timeframe.

TECO will continue intermittent daytime lane closures from 9 am to 3 pm to allow them to conduct utility work along the project limits.

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. 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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2017 State Environmental Impact Report Reevaluation

The project costs have increased from the original SEIR approval based on several factors. There were changes in the FDOT Plans Preparation Manual (PPM) for offset criteria since the completion of the original SEIR for bridge piers from 4 feet to 16 feet, which resulted in design variations for lane width, lateral offset, clear zone and intersection stopping sight distance. In order to maximize safety and meet PPM requirements, longer span lengths and fewer piers were required. The span lengths are 210 feet compared to 140 feet, which was approved in the original SEIR. Associated with the longer span lengths are larger and deeper redundant drilled shaft foundations, a deeper and wider superstructure, and wider piers. The longer bridge spans also require a more complex, balanced cantilever construction method for the viaduct bridge, which is further complicated by traffic control measures necessary to minimize lane closures during construction. Other factors that affected the costs are operational and safety improvements in the Gandy Boulevard/Dale Mabry Highway/Selmon Expressway interchange that result in an increase in the number of and length of ramps, an additional bridge and demolition of an existing bridge over Gandy Boulevard (detailed ramp discussion provided below in Section 3).

Download the full report here.

MEDIA ALERT – DAYTIME LANE CLOSURES ON GANDY BOULEVARD CONTINUE FOR UTILITY WORK



Media Alert
June 15, 2018

Contact Information
Kym Graves, Project Information Officer
Kym@SelmonExtension.com
813-613-2306

Tampa, FL – DAYTIME LANE CLOSURES ON GANDY BOULEVARD CONTINUE FOR UTILITY WORK

Beginning Monday, June 18, 2018 through Friday, June 22, 2018 there will be intermittent daytime lane closures from 9 am to 3 pm to allow TECO to conduct utility work along the project limits.

Also, 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 to allow crews to complete roadway widening activities in the area. There may be intermittent nighttime lane closures throughout the project limits to conduct utility relocation work, geotechnical investigations and excavation work along Gandy Boulevard during this timeframe.

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. 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 – DAYTIME LANE CLOSURES ON GANDY BOULEVARD SCHEDULED FOR UTILITY WORK

  

Media Alert

June 8, 2018

Contact Information:

Kym Graves, Project Information Officer

Kym@SelmonExtension.com

813-613-2306

Tampa, FL – DAYTIME LANE CLOSURES ON GANDY BOULEVARD SCHEDULED FOR UTILITY WORK

Beginning Monday, June 11, 2018 through Friday, June 15, 2018 there may be intermittent daytime lane closures from 9 am to 3 pm to allow TECO to conduct utility work along the project limits.

Also, 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 to allow crews to complete roadway widening activities in the area.

In addition there may be intermittent nighttime lane closures throughout the project limits to conduct utility relocation work, geotechnical investigations and excavation work along Gandy Boulevard during this timeframe.

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.  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 – Traffic Configuration Still In Place Near The Gandy Bridge

Media Alert

June 1, 2018

Contact Information:

Kym Graves, Project Information Officer

Kym@SelmonExtension.com

813-613-2306

Tampa, FL – TRAFFIC CONFIGURATION STILL IN PLACE NEAR THE GANDY BRIDGE

A reminder that 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 gives westbound Gandy motorists a dedicated left turn lane onto the Frontage Road to use Frontage Road to get to the boat ramp or to go back eastbound on Gandy Boulevard. Graphics are included to show this traffic configuration.

Beginning Monday, June 4, 2018 through Friday, June 8, 2018 there may be intermittent daytime lane closures from 9 am to 3 pm to allow TECO to conduct utility work along the project limits. Intermittent nighttime lane closures throughout the project limits may occur throughout the duration of the project.

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.  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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