BLOG – What is 57 Stone?

Those who live in glass houses should not throw 57 stone! You can use it for other purposes. Typically, it used for the construction of driveways, roads and as a base for retaining walls. It is largely made from crushing up demolished concrete structures and pads. Selmon Extension construction crews are using the crushed stones for bedding underneath pipes in wet areas on the east end of the project. It’s also used as an aggregate base in concrete and asphalt.

Media Alert – Widening Operation Begins on Westshore/Gandy Boulevard Intersection


Media Alert
April 19, 2019

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

 WIDENING OPERATION BEGINS ON WESTSHORE/GANDY BOULEVARD INTERSECTION

Selmon Extension construction crews started the preparation work for the widening and lengthening lanes on both the north and southbound sides of the intersection of Gandy and Westshore Boulevard. A new lane configuration has been implemented on the southside, the straight-thru and the right-hand turn lane have been condensed to one shared-lane. Please use caution while approaching this intersection.

 TEMPORARY TURN-LANE CLOSURE SCHEDULED CONTINUES ON EASTBOUND GANDY BOULEVARD THROUGH NEXT WEEK

The left median turn-lane, eastbound Gandy Boulevard in front of Renellie Drive will remain temporarily closed through the middle of next week. The closure is needed to conduct bridge foundation work in the median. Drivers will need to U-turn at Trask Street or S. Manhattan Avenue to access the West Gandy Plaza. Advanced warning signs will be posted to alert motorists. The turn-lane will open for thru-traffic once crews are complete by Wednesday, April 24th at 6 am.

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.

WORK TO CEASE ON THE SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ON EASTER SUNDAY

Contractors will suspend work for the Selmon Extension Project on Sunday, April 21, 2019, in observance of the Easter holiday.  There will be no impacts to the traveling public during this time. HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY!

OTHER SELMON UPDATES 4/19 – 4/26:

  • New traffic configuration for westbound Gandy Boulevard entrance ramp, please use caution while driving in this area.
  • Westshore/Gandy Boulevard intersection; Northside: Drainage/pipe/utility work will occur at night due to implemented lane closures, continue barrier wall installation, lanes have been narrowed at the intersection. Southside: New lane configuration; straight-thru/right-turn lanes have been combined into one lane.
  • Traffic pattern remains in place for the Selmon Expressway’s exit to eastbound Gandy Boulevard.
  • The short merge still exists on eastbound Gandy between the CSX railroad tracks and Dale Mabry Highway at the entrance to the Selmon Expressway. As an alternative, turn left (north) on Dale Mabry Highway and access the Selmon Expressway ramp, located just behind Target.
  • The sidewalk is closed along eastbound Gandy Boulevard between the Dale Mabry Highway interchange and Lois Avenue. Pedestrians walking in the area should use the sidewalk on the north side of Gandy Boulevard. Detour signs are posted to alert pedestrians.
  • The sidewalk is closed on northbound Dale Mabry Highway between the Selmon Expressway overpass and the railroad tracks. Pedestrians walking on Dale Mabry will need to use the sidewalk on the west side of Dale Mabry. Detour signs are posted to alert pedestrians.
  • 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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Media Alert – New Traffic Configuration Scheduled for Westbound Gandy Entrance Ramp


Media Alert
April 12, 2019

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

NEW TRAFFIC CONFIGURATION SCHEDULED FOR WESTBOUND GANDY ENTRANCE RAMP

On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, Selmon Extension construction crews are scheduled to close the ramp entrance to westbound Gandy Boulevard from the Selmon Expressway at 9pm to conduct a traffic shift, weather permitting. Drivers will need to use Bay to Bay Boulevard or Euclid Avenue as a detour. The new permanent roadway to westbound Gandy Boulevard will be open for traffic by Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 6am.

TEMPORARY TURN-LANE CLOSURE SCHEDULED CONTINUES ON EASTBOUND GANDY BOULEVARD THROUGH NEXT WEEK

The left median turn-lane, eastbound Gandy Boulevard in front of Renellie Drive will remain temporarily closed through the middle of next week. The closure is needed to conduct bridge foundation work in the median. Drivers will need to U-turn at Trask Street or S. Manhattan Avenue to access the West Gandy Plaza. Advanced warning signs will be posted to alert motorists. The turn-lane will open for thru-traffic once crews are complete by Wednesday, April 17th at 6am.

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 SELMON UPDATES 4/12 – 4/19:

  • Daytime tree stump removal operations, utility work, restriping the roadway, installing barrier wall on the north side of Gandy Boulevard, along the southbound lane.
  • New traffic pattern remains in place for the Selmon Expressway’s exit to eastbound Gandy Boulevard.
  • The short merge still exists on eastbound Gandy between the CSX railroad tracks and Dale Mabry Highway at the entrance to the Selmon Expressway. As an alternative, turn left (north) on Dale Mabry Highway and access the Selmon Expressway ramp, located just behind Target.
  • The sidewalk is closed along eastbound Gandy Boulevard between the Dale Mabry Highway interchange and Lois Avenue. Pedestrians walking in the area should use the sidewalk on the north side of Gandy Boulevard. Detour signs are posted to alert pedestrians.
  • The sidewalk is closed on northbound Dale Mabry Highway between the Selmon Expressway overpass and the railroad tracks. Pedestrians walking on Dale Mabry will need to use the sidewalk on the west side of Dale Mabry. Detour signs are posted to alert pedestrians.
  • 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 – National Work Zone Awareness Week – “Drive Like You Work Here”

Today marks the beginning of National Work Zone Awareness Week! The initiative helps to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety and mobility issues in work zones.  The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority encourages all motorists to “Drive like you work here” to make it safely through work zones. Safety is the Selmon Extension construction team’s number one goal as work continues on the project. Work zone signs are posted for the crews’ safety as well as the traveling public. The posted construction speed limit along the project corridor is 45 miles per hour. Drivers should stay alert and pay close attention to signs and flaggers and maintain a safe distance around vehicles and don’t tailgate.

Media Alert – Temporary Turn-Lane Closure Scheduled on Eastbound Gandy Boulevard Begins This Weekend

Media Alert
April 5, 2019

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

TEMPORARY TURN-LANE CLOSURE SCHEDULED ON EASTBOUND GANDY BOULEVARD BEGINS THIS WEEKEND

On Friday, April 5, 2019, beginning at 9pm Selmon Extension crews will temporarily close the eastbound Gandy Boulevard left turn-lane in front of Renellie Drive for 7-10 days. The closure is needed to conduct bridge foundation work in the median. Drivers will need to U-turn at Trask Street or S. Manhattan Avenue to access the West Gandy Plaza. Advanced warning signs will be posted to alert motorists. The turn-lane will open for thru-traffic once crews are complete.

NEW TRAFFIC CONFIGURATION SCHEDULED FOR WESTBOUND GANDY ENTRANCE RAMP

On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, Selmon Extension construction crews are scheduled to close the ramp entrance to westbound Gandy Boulevard from the Selmon Expressway at 9pm to conduct a traffic shift, weather permitting. Drivers will need to use Bay to Bay Boulevard or Euclid Avenue as a detour. The new permanent roadway to westbound Gandy Boulevard will be open for traffic by Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 6am.

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:

  • Daytime tree trimming operations, utility work, nighttime striping, and barrier installation on the north side of Westshore and Gandy Boulevard intersection, along the southbound lane.
  • New traffic pattern remains in place for the Selmon Expressway’s exit to eastbound Gandy Boulevard.
  • The short merge still exists on eastbound Gandy between the CSX railroad tracks and Dale Mabry Highway at the entrance to the Selmon Expressway. As an alternative, turn left (north) on Dale Mabry Highway and access the Selmon Expressway ramp, located just behind Target.
  • The sidewalk is closed along eastbound Gandy Boulevard between the Dale Mabry Highway interchange and Lois Avenue. Pedestrians walking in the area should use the sidewalk on the north side of Gandy Boulevard. Detour signs are posted to alert pedestrians.
  • The sidewalk is closed on northbound Dale Mabry Highway between the Selmon Expressway overpass and the railroad tracks. Pedestrians walking on Dale Mabry will need to use the sidewalk on the west side of Dale Mabry. Detour signs are posted to alert pedestrians.
  • 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 – Shop Smart! Shop Local! Shop Gandy!

Shop Gandy! is a partnership between the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce. The goal is to promote and drive commerce to the businesses along the Gandy corridor, before, during and after the construction of the Selmon West Extension.

Gandy Boulevard is a hallmark main street in Tampa that connects Tampa with St. Petersburg across the Bay and iconic Bayshore Boulevard. It is lined with local shops and national brands and intersects with major retail roadways such as Westshore Boulevard, Dale Mabry Highway, and MacDill Avenue.

Need a gift for friends and family? Pick up a gift card to any one of the many retailers along Gandy Boulevard. Too tired to cook? Stop by locally owned or national chain restaurants for good food close to home. There are even some stores open 24 hours on Gandy for your last-minute gift needs!

When you Shop Gandy, you not only find something for everyone on your list, you support local businesses and nurture a sense of community. For every $100 you spend at a local retailer, $68 is re-invested into the community.

We understand that construction can be tough on businesses so please remember to support the local businesses along the Gandy corridor for your shopping needs. Visit the Shop Gandy! Website at: www.shopgandy.com.

Media Alert – Temporary Turn-Lane Closure Scheduled on Eastbound Gandy Boulevard Next Weekend

Media Alert
March 29, 2019

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

TEMPORARY TURN-LANE CLOSURE SCHEDULED ON EASTBOUND GANDY BOULEVARD NEXT WEEKEND

Next weekend, Selmon Extension crews will temporarily close the eastbound Gandy Boulevard left turn-lane in front of Renellie Drive for 7-10 days. The closure is needed to conduct bridge foundation work in the median. Drivers will need to U-turn at Trask Street or S. Manhattan Avenue to access the West Gandy Plaza. Advanced warning signs will be posted to alert motorists. The turn-lane will open for thru-traffic once crews are complete.

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 CONSTRUCTION UPDATES:

  • New traffic pattern remains in place for the Selmon Expressway’s exit to eastbound Gandy Boulevard.
  • The short merge still exists on eastbound Gandy between the CSX railroad tracks and Dale Mabry Highway at the entrance to the Selmon Expressway. As an alternative, turn left (north) on Dale Mabry Highway and access the Selmon Expressway ramp, located just behind Target.
  • The sidewalk is closed along eastbound Gandy Boulevard between the Dale Mabry Highway interchange and Lois Avenue. Pedestrians walking in the area should use the sidewalk on the north side of Gandy Boulevard. Detour signs are posted to alert pedestrians.
  • The sidewalk is closed on northbound Dale Mabry Highway between the Selmon Expressway overpass and the railroad tracks. Pedestrians walking on Dale Mabry will need to use the sidewalk on the west side of Dale Mabry. Detour signs are posted to alert pedestrians.
  • 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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