Media Alert – Selmon Extension Construction Alerts Week of July 11-17, 2020

Media Alert
July 10, 2020

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

 SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF JULY 11-17, 2020

  • Modified traffic pattern remains on the south side of Westshore/Gandy intersection. The right-turn and thru-lane share the same lane.
  • Temporary sidewalk closure along northbound Westshore Boulevard between Infinity Westshore and W. Fielder Street.
  • The median left-turn lane remains temporarily closed in front of the West Gandy Plaza.
  • Sidewalk and crosswalk closure (between Westshore Office Center and Circle K) along the west side of Westshore Boulevard.
  • A yield sign remains in place at the bottom off-ramp onto westbound Gandy from the Expressway.
  • Sidewalk closure on eastbound Gandy between the Dale Mabry Highway interchange and Lois Avenue.
  • Sidewalk closure on northbound Dale Mabry Highway between the Expressway overpass and the railroad tracks. Pedestrians will need to use crosswalks at Gandy or at Britton Plaza as a detour.

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BLOG – Nearly Wall to Wall Complete!

The construction of nine MSE (mechanically stabilized Earth) walls is nearing completion. The Selmon Extension team is currently working on their final wall, which will serve as the southbound Selmon on-ramp to St. Petersburg.

All MSE walls consist of alternating layers of granular fill or dirt with reinforcing steel to hold everything in place. The face of all the walls is made of precast concrete panels and will be painted grey.

Media Alert – No Construction Work on the Selmon Extension During 4th of July Holiday Weekend

Media Alert
July 2, 2020

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

NO CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE SELMON EXTENSION DURING 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Beginning on Friday, July 3, 2020, at 6 am, the Selmon Extension construction crews will temporarily halt construction work. There will be no lane closures during this time. All drivers still need to obey the posted 45 mph speed limit. PLEASE DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. STAY SAFE.

As a reminder, when we close the inside lanes, drivers won’t necessarily see any workers present. That’s because they’re working inside the concrete segments above the traffic. Lane closures are needed to ensure the safety of the traveling public as well as the construction workers. All drivers still need to obey the posted 45 mph speed limit. PLEASE DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. STAY SAFE.

 OTHER CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF JULY 3-11, 2020

  • Modified traffic pattern remains on the south side of Westshore/Gandy intersection. The right-turn and thru-lane share the same lane.
  • Temporary sidewalk closure along northbound Westshore Boulevard between Infinity Westshore and W. Fielder Street.
  • The median left-turn lane remains temporarily closed in front of the West Gandy Plaza.
  • Sidewalk and crosswalk closure (between Westshore Office Center and Circle K) along the west side of Westshore Boulevard.
  • A yield sign remains in place at the bottom off-ramp onto westbound Gandy from the Expressway.
  • Sidewalk closure on eastbound Gandy between the Dale Mabry Highway interchange and Lois Avenue.
  • Sidewalk closure on northbound Dale Mabry Highway between the Expressway overpass and the railroad tracks. Pedestrians will need to use crosswalks at Gandy or at Britton Plaza as a detour.

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Media Alert – Temporary Inside Lane Closures for Westbound and Eastbound Gandy Boulevard Implemented Until Further Notice


Media Alert
July 1, 2020

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

 TEMPORARY INSIDE LANE CLOSURES FOR WESTBOUND AND EASTBOUND GANDY BOULEVARD IMPLEMENTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Beginning on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the Selmon Extension construction crews will temporarily implement inside lane closures for westbound and eastbound Gandy Boulevard between Manhattan Avenue and Trask Street. The closures are needed for bridge construction work. Both lanes will remain closed until further notice. Please use caution while driving through this area. All drivers will still need to obey the posted 45 mph speed limit.

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BLOG – Reaching Manhattan!

Selmon Extension construction crews reach another busy intersection during the segment erection operation. The launching gantry that’s currently hovering over the intersection of Manhattan Avenue and Gandy Boulevard will eventually move past the area following the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Crews will implement a temporary overnight detour similar to the one conducted at Westshore/Gandy intersection. Drivers going north or south on Manhattan must take a right-turn onto Gandy Boulevard. Once on Gandy Boulevard, drivers can take the nearest U-Turn opportunity. The intersection will be open to east/west traffic, but not north/south traffic. Detour signs will be posted.

Media Alert – Daytime Lane Closure Scheduled Next Week for Eastbound Gandy Boulevard

Media Alert
June 26, 2020
 

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

DAYTIME LANE CLOSURE SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK FOR EASTBOUND GANDY BOULEVARD

On Monday, June 29, 2020, the Selmon Extension construction crews will temporarily close the inside lane along eastbound Gandy Boulevard between Westshore and Trask Street from 9 am – 2 pm. The closure is needed for landscaping work. Please use caution while driving through this area. Message boards will be posted.

 NO CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE SELMON EXTENSION DURING 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Beginning on Friday, July 3, 2020, at 6 am, the Selmon Extension crews will temporarily halt construction work. There will be no lane closures during this time. Work will resume on Monday, July 6, 2020. All drivers will still need to obey the posted 45 mph speed limit. PLEASE DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. STAY SAFE.

 SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF JUNE 26 – JULY 3, 2020

  • Modified traffic pattern remains on the south side of Westshore/Gandy intersection. The right-turn and thru-lane share the same lane.
  • Temporary sidewalk closure along northbound Westshore Boulevard between Infinity Westshore and W. Fielder Street.
  • The median left-turn lane remains temporarily closed in front of the West Gandy Plaza.
  • Sidewalk and crosswalk closure (between Westshore Office Center and Circle K) along the west side of Westshore Boulevard.
  • A yield sign remains in place at the bottom off-ramp onto westbound Gandy from the Expressway.
  • Sidewalk closure along eastbound Gandy between the Dale Mabry Highway interchange and Lois Avenue.
  • Sidewalk closure on northbound Dale Mabry Highway between the Expressway overpass and the railroad tracks. Pedestrians will need to use crosswalks at Gandy or at Britton Plaza as a detour.

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Media Alert – Lane Closure Scheduled for Southbound Selmon for Repaving

Media Alert
June 19, 2020

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

LANE CLOSURE SCHEDULED FOR A PORTION OF SOUTHBOUND SELMON FOR REPAVING

On Sunday, June 21, 2020, at 9 pm, construction crews will temporarily close one lane of traffic on the Selmon Expressway between the Himes Avenue overpass bridge and the Gandy Boulevard exit ramps for repaving. Drivers will need to use caution while traveling through this area and obey the posted speed limit. Both lanes of traffic will be open by 6 am on Monday, June 22, 2020.

SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF JUNE 20 – 26, 2020

  • Modified traffic pattern on the south side of Westshore/Gandy intersection. Same lane for right-turn and thru-lane. Dedicated left-turn remains as is.
  • Temporary sidewalk closure along northbound Westshore Boulevard between Infinity Westshore and W. Fielder Street.
  • The median left-turn lane remains temporarily closed in front of the West Gandy Plaza.
  • Sidewalk and crosswalk closure (between Westshore Office Center and Circle K) along the west side of Westshore Boulevard.
  • A yield sign remains in place at the bottom off-ramp onto westbound Gandy from the Expressway.
  • Sidewalk closure along eastbound Gandy between the Dale Mabry Highway interchange and Lois Avenue.
  • Sidewalk closure on northbound Dale Mabry Highway between the Expressway overpass and the railroad tracks. Pedestrians will need to use crosswalks at Gandy or at Britton Plaza as a detour.

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BLOG – Temporary Plugs for Segments

Once the Selmon Extension crews at the offsite casting yard cast each segment, they’re placed in the storage area until they’re ready to be shipped off to the construction site. While in storage, team members make sure that no debris, insects, or animals are in the holes so they use material such as a foam mattress or small nerf footballs. Crews cut up and ball up the material and temporarily stick it inside the holes prior to inserting the expansion joints until they’re ready to be shipped off.

Media Alert – Selmon Extension Construction Alerts Week of June 13 – 19, 2020

Media Alert
June 12, 2020

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

 SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF JUNE 13 – 19, 2020

  • Modified traffic pattern on the southside of Westshore/Gandy intersection. Same lane for right-turn and thru-lane. Dedicated left-turn remains as is.
  • Temporary sidewalk closure along northbound Westshore Boulevard between Infinity Westshore and W. Fielder Street.
  • The median left-turn lane remains temporarily closed in front of the West Gandy Plaza.
  • Sidewalk and crosswalk closure (between Westshore Office Center and Circle K) along the west side of Westshore Boulevard.
  • A yield sign remains in place at the bottom off-ramp onto westbound Gandy from the Expressway.
  • Sidewalk closure along eastbound Gandy between the Dale Mabry Highway interchange and Lois Avenue.
  • Sidewalk closure on northbound Dale Mabry Highway between the Expressway overpass and the railroad tracks. Pedestrians will need to use crosswalks at Gandy or at Britton Plaza as a detour.

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BLOG – Bridge Drainage System

Despite the rainy season, Selmon Extension crews continue to work on the new bridge drainage system. Water will flow from the top of the bridge down through the segments and directly to the existing storm sewer system. Since the drainage system isn’t completely installed, the contractor innovatively placed basketballs inside the drain inlets on top of the bridge. Crews use the basketballs to temporarily plug the inlets so that heavy rainfall doesn’t dump a lot of water onto the roadway, hitting vehicles as they drive by. They deflate the balls before putting them in the hole so it presses firmly against the concrete. The balls will be removed once the drainage system is complete.