Media Alert – New Traffic Pattern Next Week for Westshore/Gandy Boulevard Intersection

Media Alert
June 5, 2020

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

NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN NEXT WEEK FOR WESTSHORE/GANDY BOULEVARD INTERSECTION

Beginning on Monday, June 8, 2020, drivers will notice a temporary traffic pattern change on the southside of the Westshore/Gandy Boulevard intersection. On, Sunday, overnight crews will shift traffic to the westside. Drivers making a right-turn lane onto Gandy or continuing north onto Westshore will share the same lane. The dedicated left-turn lane will remain as is. Drivers, please remember to use caution when approaching the intersection.

 SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF JUNE 6 – 12, 2020

  • 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 – Protecting Yourself from Extreme Heat

                                   

As we approach the hotter months of the year, remember to stay hydrated especially if you’re working outdoors. For the Selmon West Extension crews and laborers and others who work outdoors, heat is not only uncomfortable but also dangerous. Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable, yet according to the CDC, more than 600 people die from extreme heat. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are the most serious. Symptoms include; muscle cramping, fatigue, headache, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, or fainting.

Here are some safety tips if you’re working in the heat:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing (long sleeves and pants)
  • Pace yourself
  • Take frequent breaks
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Rest in the shade

Learn the symptoms and what to do if you or a loved one shows signs of having a heat-related illness.

 

 

Media Alert – Daytime Lane Closure Scheduled for Northbound Dale Mabry Highway for Sidewalk Reconstruction

Media Alert
June 1, 2020

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

DAYTIME LANE CLOSURE SCHEDULE FOR NORTHBOUND DALE MABRY HIGHWAY FOR SIDEWALK RECONSTRUCTION

Beginning on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, crews will implement a daytime outside lane closure from 7 am – 3 pm between the Selmon Expressway overpass and the railroad tracks along northbound Dale Mabry Highway for sidewalk reconstruction. Pedestrians will need to use the sidewalk on the westside as a detour.  Construction is scheduled to wrap up on Friday, June 5, 2020, weather permitting. Please remember to obey the posted construction speed limit at 45 miles per hour.

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Media Alert – New Traffic Pattern Change Next Week for Westshore/Gandy Boulevard Intersection

Media Alert
May 29, 2020

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

NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN CHANGE NEXT WEEK FOR WESTSHORE/GANDY BOULEVARD INTERSECTION

Beginning on Monday, June 1, 2020, crews will implement a slight traffic pattern change on the northside of the Westshore/Gandy Boulevard intersection, weather permitting. Drivers making a left-turn lane onto Gandy or continuing south onto Westshore will share the same lane. The dedicated right-turn lane will remain as is. On the south side of the intersection, traffic lanes will shift to the west, as crews begin the water main work. Both temporary traffic patterns will last roughly three to four months.

 SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF MAY 30 – JUNE 5, 2020

  • 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.

As a reminder, the project team is currently re-evaluating when to implement periodic alternating inside lane closures between the Westshore/Gandy intersection and Manhattan Avenue. We continue to monitor the traffic and want to make sure that our lane closures help us, but do not cause huge traffic backups.

When we close the inside lanes on Gandy Boulevard, 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.

 

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BLOG – Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

If you need to stock up on supplies before bad weather hits, this weekend is the best time. The Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday kicks off on Friday, May 29, and runs until June Thursday, June 4. During the sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax.

Here’s a list of items that qualify this year:

Qualifying items:

  •  Selling for $10 or less: Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)
  • Selling for $20 or less: Any portable, self-powered light source (powered by battery, solar, hand crank, or gas): candles, flashlights, lanterns
  • Selling for $25 or less: Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers
  • Selling for $30 or less: Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only (excluding automobile and boat batteries): AAA, AA, C, D, 6-volt, 9-volt; coolers and ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)
  • Selling for $50 or less: Bungee cords; ground anchor systems; radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand crank), two-way or weather band; ratchet straps; tarpaulins (tarps), tie-down kits; Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting
  • Selling for $750 or less: Portable generators used to provide light or communications or to preserve food in the event of a power outage

Media Alert – Selmon Extension Team Temporarily Suspends Work During Memorial Day Weekend

Media Alert
May 22, 2020

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

SELMON EXTENSION TEAM TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS WORK DURING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 

Travelers will not have any issues with lane closures in South Tampa during this Memorial Day weekend. The Selmon Extension crews will halt construction work on the new elevated bridge. The last day of operations will end early morning on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Work resumes on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Please remember to obey the posted speed limit. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE AND STAY SAFE.

SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF MAY 23 – 29, 2020

  • 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.
  • Westshore/Gandy Boulevard intersection; Northside: Daytime water main work, Southside: Rehabilitation work is underway.
  • 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.

The project team is currently re-evaluating when to implement periodic alternating inside lane closures between the Westshore/Gandy intersection and Manhattan Avenue. We continue to monitor the traffic and want to make sure that our lane closures help us, but do not cause huge traffic backups.

When we close the inside lanes on Gandy Boulevard, 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.

 

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BLOG – Florida Braces for Hurricane Season Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Weather experts say high demands for supplies and low amounts of essential items due to COVID-19 could make preparing for hurricane season far more difficult. According to the National Weather Service, predictions for this year’s Atlantic hurricane season have surfaced, and unfortunately, it’s not good. Weather experts have determined that this year could be one of the worst hurricane seasons on record, with potentially 20 named storms.

Here are ways you can get prepared now for the hurricane season ahead:

Know your evacuation zone and develop an evacuation plan

Your county website will have information on shelters near your home, evacuation routes, and the danger of flooding based on your home address. The Hillsborough County website has a printable evacuation map that you should have printed and placed with your emergency preparation kit.

Assemble your emergency preparation kit

Having a disaster supply kit ready is important to save you the time of being tied up in long lines at the grocery store and possibly forgetting something that is important. See a list of suggested items here:

  • a flashlight
  • batteries
  • cash
  • first aid supplies
  • jugs of water
  • non-perishable snacks like protein bars
  • copies of your critical information

Ready.gov, tells you what you how to be prepared when a hurricane is coming your way. Hurricane season starts June 1 and runs through November 30.

Media Alert – Daytime Lane Closures Scheduled for New Publix Driveway Along Gandy Boulevard

Media Alert
May 15, 2020

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

DAYTIME LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR NEW PUBLIX DRIVEWAY ALONG GANDY BOULEVARD

On Monday, May 18, 2020, construction crews for the new Publix will implement daytime lane closures for one week. Crews will temporarily close the outside lane along westbound Gandy Boulevard between Lois Avenue and Manhattan Avenue from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. The sidewalk will also be closed in this area during this time. Pedestrians will need to follow the posted detour to access the sidewalk along eastbound Gandy.

SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF MAY 16 – 22, 2020

  • Daytime inside lane closures along eastbound Gandy Boulevard as needed until traffic volumes return to normal levels.
  • 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 for the next two to four more weeks.
  • Sidewalk and crosswalk closure (between Westshore Office Center and Circle K) along the west side of Westshore Boulevard.
  • Westshore/Gandy Boulevard intersection; Northside: Daytime water main work, Southside: Rehabilitation work is underway.
  • 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 – SWE Crews Accelerate Work Amid Low Traffic Volumes

Since the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily shut down Tampa Bay, Selmon Extension construction crews ramped up operations due to fewer travelers on the road. The project team implemented 24-hour inside lane closures as needed which allows them to set segments in the daytime. Crews also shut down roadways in the early evening to pour the concrete bridge decks for the interchange off-ramp. Work efforts have now shifted to the northbound bridge decks over Dale Mabry Highway. The project team will resume the original lane closure time period when traffic volumes return to normal levels.