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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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Media Alert – Construction Activities July 22 – July 27

Media Alert
July 20, 2018

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

Tampa, FL – Construction Activities July 22 – July 27

  • 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 are 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 as well as drill shaft pours.
  • 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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Blog – What are those concrete piles in the median along Gandy Boulevard?

The concrete barrier wall you see in the medians are not only for the construction workers safety but yours too! Median barriers are used to prevent vehicles from crossing over a median and striking an oncoming vehicle in a head-on crash. Unlike roadside barriers, they must be designed to be struck from either side. The Extension will be constructed in the median from S. Dale Mabry and connect to the Gandy Bridge. The bridge will be elevated 30 feet high, twice as high as your typical bridge design. This maintains sightlines for businesses and cross-streets.

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Blog – What are those poles sitting in the median?

Those orange poles or in the construction world, are called delineators. They can be used during daytime or nighttime activities. If you’ve noticed, they’re sitting on top of the concrete barrier walls along the West Selmon Extension project in the median. They’re made with reflectors so that you visibly see the wall and don’t drive into it. They also play a crucial part of communicating traffic flow and direction around businesses or construction site. They act as a guide that tells motorists and pedestrians which way to go. They can be used on long highways or through short stretches of road during construction.

 

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Media Alert – Construction Activities July 15 – July 21

Media Alert
July 13, 2018

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

Tampa, FL – Construction Activities July 15 – July 21

  • 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 are 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 as well as drill shaft pours.
  • 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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Blog – Light in the Darkest Places

“Take me to your leader!” Don’t worry these are not aliens. But these LED “Halo” hardhats do serve a purpose. They help you see Selmon Extension Construction crews working during nighttime activities. Drivers at night sometimes have a difficult time seeing workers in a construction zone, especially along roads with little or no street lighting. For those crews, the brighter the better, which means a much safer work environment. Most nighttime work is very common to reduce limited traffic impacts. Safety first! For more safety tips on nighttime driving click here: https://www.tampa-xway.com/safety-tips-for-night-driving/

SELMON EXTENSION BUSINESS OWNERS’ ENGAGEMENT INVITATION

Dear Gandy Business Owner,

It is with great pleasure to invite you to attend the Selmon Extension Construction Team’s first Business Owners’ Engagement Meeting. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet with the project team and address your concerns about the construction of the project. We want you to attend, but if you can’t, we encourage you to appoint someone as your representative to attend on your behalf. We hope to see you there!

Blog – An inside look at the Selmon Extension Bridge Piers

A pier is what helps hold the bridge up! Take a closer look at this rendering for the Selmon Extension. You can see the tree-like architectural design on the inside of the pier. The pier itself serves as a support system for the arch or bridge in this case. The simplest cross section of the pier is square, or rectangular, but other shapes are also common. The Extension will have multiple aesthetic piers that will include decorative lighting like the one you see below, once it’s complete in fall of 2020.

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Media Alert – City of Tampa Detour Scheduled for Selmon Expressway Ramp Closure

Media Alert
July 5, 2018

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

Tampa, FL – CITY OF TAMPA DETOUR SCHEDULED FOR SELMON EXPRESSWAY RAMP CLOSURE

On Monday, July 9, 2018, the City of Tampa Utilities will close the northbound Selmon Expressway on-ramp from Dale Mabry from 7 pm – 6 am to access the manhole cover as part of their utility improvements. Signs will be placed to re-route the traveling public to the approved detour to access the Selmon Expressway.

Also, a reminder 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.

  • 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 are 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 as well as drill shaft pours.
  • 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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