Media Alert – Selmon Extension Construction Alerts Week of August 18-24, 2018

Media Alert
August 17, 2018

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

SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF AUGUST 18-24, 2018

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 per 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. Officers are on the project and are stopping and ticketing speeders. At least two drivers were given tickets last week for driving 82 mph in the construction zone.  Please slow down!

Other Updates:

  • The existing turn-around configuration near the Gandy Bridge has been permanently relocated. Motorists can now make the left-turn into the boat ramp entrance or U-turn directly back onto eastbound Gandy Boulevard. They can also make the left-turn from eastbound Gandy Boulevard to directly access the Marine Corp. Base entrance.
  • The short merge remains in place on eastbound Gandy between Lois Avenue and Dale Mabry Highway at the entrance to the Selmon Expressway. This lane configuration will remain in place during the construction of the Selmon Extension’s 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 Highway and access the Selmon Expressway ramp, located just behind Target.
  • The sidewalk remains closed on eastbound Gandy Boulevard between Lois Avenue and Dale Mabry Hwy. Pedestrians walking between Lois Avenue from Dale Mabry Hwy should use the sidewalk on the north side of Gandy Boulevard. Detour signs are posted to alert pedestrians. Graphics are included to show the detour.
  • 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

 

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Blog – What is a Drill Shaft Extension?

       

If you’ve never seen one, they’re pretty big! These concrete drill shaft extension can be seen in the median at the west end of Gandy Boulevard sticking out of the ground. The Selmon Extension Construction crews installed them in July. What are they for you ask? They support the bridge abutment from underneath the roadway. Several drill shaft extensions will be used to form the Selmon Extension Bridge. They’re excavated into the ground and then filled with steel & concrete.

 

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Blog – What is a Pile Driving Rig?

A pile driving rig is a mechanical device used to drive piles into the ground to provide foundation support for buildings and large structures such as the Selmon Extension Bridge. Crews are expected to begin driving pile using a similar rig at the east end of Gandy Boulevard to install ground improvements beneath the ramps. This activity will occur during the daytime in October.

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Media Alert – Selmon Extension Construction Alerts Week of August 11-17, 2018


Media Alert
August 10, 2018

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

SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF AUGUST 11-17, 2018

On Saturday, August 11, 2018, crews will shut down one lane of traffic from 9 pm – 6 am on eastbound Gandy Boulevard at the intersection of West Shore Boulevard. Crews will drill a hole into the ground to install a signal light pole.

Those traveling eastbound Gandy Boulevard will use the straight-thru lane to make a right turn onto West Shore. The corner sidewalk will be closed during this activity. Signs will be posted to alert motorists.

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 per 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.

Other Updates:

  • The existing turn-around configuration near the Gandy Bridge has been permanently relocated. Motorists can now make the left-turn into the boat ramp entrance, U-turn directly back onto eastbound Gandy Boulevard or make the left-turn from eastbound Gandy Boulevard to access the Marine Corp. Base entrance.
  • The short merge remains in place on eastbound Gandy between Lois Avenue and Dale Mabry Highway at the entrance to the Selmon Expressway. This lane configuration will remain in place during the construction of the Selmon Extension’s 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 Highway and access the Selmon Expressway ramp, located just behind Target.
  • The sidewalk remains closed on eastbound Gandy Boulevard between Lois Avenue and Dale Mabry Hwy. Pedestrians walking between Lois Avenue from Dale Mabry Hwy should use the sidewalk on the north side of Gandy Boulevard. Detour signs are posted to alert pedestrians. Graphics are included to show the detour.
  • 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

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Blog – Sharing is Caring! Share the Path!

Selmon Extension Construction crews officially re-opened the multi-shared use path along westbound Gandy Boulevard in July. It stretches from the Culbreath Key subdivision entrance to the end of the U.S. Marine Corp. Base. Our handicap accessible shared-use path supports multiple recreation and transportation opportunities, such as walking, bicycling and roller-blading. Motorcycles and mopeds are normally prohibited. Shared-use paths differ from exclusive bikeways in that shared-use paths are designed to include pedestrians even if the primary anticipated users are cyclists.   

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Blog – Utility Relocation – Why cut the cord?

If you’ve seen a lot of utility vehicles along Gandy Boulevard, here’s why! They’re removing underground or overhead utility lines and relocating them. The Selmon Extension Construction crews alerted motorists early this summer, that portions of Gandy Boulevard needed to be temporarily restricted due to these utility relocations. But have you ever wondered why they get moved in the first place? Typically, they’re moved because they’re in physical conflict with the new construction activity. Overhead utilities on the Selmon Extension include Spectrum, Bright House, Frontier and TECO Distribution and Transmission. Underground utilities include TECO Peoples Gas, City of Tampa Water and Wastewater.

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Blog – Silt Fence and its Purpose

The purpose of a silt fence is to retain the soil on disturbed land until activities such as building the Selmon Extension are complete. This will allow revegetation and permanent soil stabilization to begin. Prior to construction on the west end of the project, Selmon Extension Construction crews installed a silt fence along the property line separating the construction site from the Culbreath Key Subdivision. It acts as a temporary sediment barrier made of absorbent fabric which keeps unwanted material or excessive sediment from washing off into streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes.

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Blog – What is the difference between Superstructure and Substructure?

Well, one common factor is, you need both to build the Extension bridge! A superstructure (the bridge deck) is an upward extension of an existing structure above a baseline called ground level and it usually serves the purpose of the structure’s intended use. Building parts located above ground such as the column, beam, floor, roof, etc. The formation of the bridge decks on the Extension is scheduled to start early July, weather permitting. As for a substructure, its job serves as a support to the superstructure which sits below ground level, such as the foundation.

 

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Blog – Beating the Heat!!!

Floridians are no strangers to extreme heat, especially if you have to work in it. Extension crews do their best to make sure they stay hydrated in extreme working conditions. They maintain an aid tent supplied with coolers filled with bottles of water so they don’t over-heat themselves on the job site. Extreme heat can be dangerous causing heat cramps and heat exhaustion. In rare cases, heat can even be deadly. Heat stroke occurs when the body’s regulatory system fails and body temperature rises too high and can cause brain damage or death. If you’re working outside in extreme heat, make sure you wear loose-fitting clothing, take frequent breaks in a cool rest area and drink plenty of fluids (a cup of water every 20 minutes or so under extremely hot weather conditions).

 

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Blog – Rumble or Tumble?

Have you ever got distracted or tried to dodge an object and ran off the road? Then you feel as if you’re taking a tumble down a hill! Those rumble strips will sure wake-up you in seconds! They’re also known as sleeper lines, alert strips, and drift lines. This road safety feature makes your whole vehicle vibrate and makes a loud noise underneath your tires. There 3 types of rumble strips; shoulder/edge line, center line or Advanced Traffic Marking (ATM) permanent rumble strips. The strips contain a series of milled or raised elements, intended to alert drivers that their vehicles have left the travel lane or to advise drivers to slow down.

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