Media Alert – Work to Cease on Selmon Extension Construction Project During 4th of July Holiday

Media Alert
June 28, 2019

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

WORK TO CEASE ON SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION PROJECT DURING 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY

 There will be no construction work activity or lane closures on the Selmon Extension project on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5, 2019, in observance of the holiday.  Everyone have a safe and happy holiday and remember PLEASE DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.

SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF JUNE 28 – JULY 3, 2019

  • Temporary alternating daytime inside and outside lane closures of both northbound and southbound Dale Mabry Highway near the Selmon Expressway over-head crossing for bridge foundation installation. This ongoing operation is scheduled to take a few weeks to complete.
  • Westshore/Gandy Boulevard intersection; Northside: underground utility work continues at night; lanes have been narrowed approaching the intersection. Southside: New lane configuration; straight-thru/right-turn lanes have been combined into one lane.
  • New traffic configuration for the entrance to the westbound Gandy Boulevard ramp. Drivers should reduce speed while approaching the off-ramp, a yield sign is in place at the bottom of the ramp.
  • 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 southbound 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 east 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.

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.

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BLOG – The Dangers of Lightning

It’s National Lightning Safety Awareness Week and the summer storm season is heating up! The Selmon Extension construction team has a safety plan in place in case of a severe lightning storm:

  • Identify at least one person to monitor storms when working on an outdoor job site.
  • Have a plan to quickly notify all people working outside when lightning is within striking distance of six miles.
  • Communicate where it is safe to be during a thunderstorm.  No place outside is safe. When lightning is in the area STOP what you are doing and seek safety in a building, or a vehicle.
  • Stay off and away from anything tall or high, including rooftops, scaffolding, utility poles, and ladders.
  • Stay off and away from large equipment such as dozers, cranes, backhoes, track loaders, and tractors.  Keep in mind that tower crane operators may need additional warning in order to be able to climb down from the tower crane.
  • Do not touch materials or surfaces that can conduct electricity, including metal scaffolding, metal equipment, utility lines, water, water pipes, and plumbing.
  • Stay under cover until 30 minutes after the last strike that was within the six-mile range.

The number one safety tip for everyone is to get inside as soon as you hear thunder.

Media Alert – Daytime Lane Closures Scheduled Along Dale Mabry Highway for Bridge Foundation Work

Media Alert
June 21, 2019

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

DAYTIME LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED ALONG DALE MABRY HIGHWAY FOR BRIDGE

FOUNDATION WORK

Beginning on Monday, June 24, 2019, there will be temporary alternating daytime inside and outside lane closures of both northbound and southbound Dale Mabry Highway near the Selmon Expressway over-head crossing for bridge foundation installation. This ongoing operation is scheduled to take a few weeks to complete.

OTHER SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF JUNE 21-28, 2019

  • Westshore/Gandy Boulevard intersection; Northside: underground utility work will occur at night; lanes have been narrowed approaching the intersection. Southside: New lane configuration; straight-thru/right-turn lanes have been combined into one lane.
  • New traffic configuration for the entrance to the westbound Gandy Boulevard ramp. Drivers should reduce speed while approaching the off-ramp, a yield sign is in place at the bottom of the ramp.
  • 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 southbound 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 east 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 7 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.

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Media Alert – Lane Closure Scheduled for Repair Work on Roadway Depression Along Eastbound Gandy Boulevard

Media Alert
June 21, 2019

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

LANE CLOSURE SCHEDULED FOR REPAIR WORK ON ROADWAY DEPRESSION ALONG EASTBOUND GANDY BOULEVARD

 On Friday, June 21, 2019, Selmon Extension crews will temporarily close the outside lane on eastbound Gandy Boulevard, east of Manhattan Avenue (near Taco Bus entrance) at 9 pm. This closure is needed so crews can make repairs to a small depression in the roadway. The inside lane will remain open for traffic. Drivers are urged to caution while traveling through this area. The outside lane will reopen by 6 am on Monday, June 24, 2019, weather permitting.

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Media Alert -Daytime lane closures scheduled along dale Mabry Highway for bridge foundation installation

 

Media Alert
June 14, 2019

Contact Information:
Mellisa McColley, Project Information Officer
Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com
813-613-2306

DAYTIME LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED ALONG DALE MABRY HIGHWAY FOR BRIDGE FOUNDATION WORK

Beginning on Monday June 17, 2019, there will be temporary alternating daytime inside and outside lane closures of both northbound and southbound Dale Mabry Highway near the Selmon Expressway over-head crossing for bridge foundation installation.

SELMON EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION ALERTS WEEK OF JUNE 15-22, 2019

  • The median left-turn lane remains temporarily closed in front of the Gandy Plaza located on 4707 W. Gandy Boulevard. The temporary closure is for safety reasons.  Drivers can utilize the U-turn at Trask Street or S. Manhattan Avenue to gain access to the plaza. The entrance to the plaza will not be blocked during this time.

 

  • Westshore/Gandy Boulevard intersection; Northside: underground utility work will occur at night; lanes have been narrowed approaching the intersection. Southside: New lane configuration; straight-thru/right-turn lanes have been combined into one lane.

 

  • New traffic configuration for the entrance to the westbound Gandy Boulevard ramp. Drivers should reduce speed while approaching the off-ramp, a yield sign is in place at the bottom of the ramp.

 

  • 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 southbound 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 east 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.

 

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.

 

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Hurricane Readiness Tips

Are You Ready for a Hurricane?

Tampa Bay has been really fortunate, we haven’t had a hurricane hit in over 10 years. However, it’s important that you and your family are prepared in case disaster strikes. The Atlantic Coast hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Hurricane Preparedness Week is your time to prepare for a potential tropical storm or hurricane. Do you know your evacuation zone? Develop an evacuation plan, assemble disaster supplies, secure an insurance check-up, and make sure your home is storm ready. Have a plan. Click here to download Hillsborough County’s Disaster Planning Guide.

Here are some helpful hurricane readiness tips:

  • Create a hurricane evacuation plan with members of your household. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
  • Find out about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
    Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
  • Listen for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Check your disaster supplies. Replace or restock as needed.
  • Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).
  • Close your windows, doors, and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off your propane tank.
  • Unplug small appliances.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.

Please, remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. It’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. For more information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program Web site at www.FloodSmart.gov.

Blog – Safety Vehicles

The vast majority of deaths that occur in bridge and road construction zones in the U.S. happen because a worker is hit by a piece of construction equipment or another vehicle. That’s why it’s critical that all vehicles used on the Selmon Extension project have safety features, including:

  • Working headlights and brake lights
  • Windshield wipers and defogging or defrosting devices
  • Audible horns
  • Back-up alarms
  • Safety glass with no distortions
  • Proper mirrors
  • Adequate seating and seat belts

Regularly inspect equipment and all the safety features to make sure everything is in good working order.

 

TRAFFIC ADVISORY UPDATE: The outside lane on eastbound Gandy Boulevard, east of Manhattan Avenue has reopened for traffic.

Media Alert
June 11, 2019

Contact Information:
Mellisa McColley, Project Information Officer
Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com
813-613-2306

TRAFFIC ADVISORY UPDATE: The outside lane on eastbound Gandy Boulevard, east of Manhattan Avenue has reopened for traffic.

The outside lane on eastbound Gandy Boulevard, east of Manhattan Avenue has reopened for traffic.

Please use caution while driving in this area.

 

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Media Alert – TRAFFIC ADVISORY: EMERGENCY LANE CLOSURE ON EASTBOUND GANDY BOULEVARD DUE TO A DEPRESSION IN THE ROADWAY

Media Alert
June 10, 2019

Contact Information:
Mellisa McColley, Project Information Officer
Mellisa@SelmonExtension.com
813-613-2306

 

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: EMERGENCY LANE CLOSURE ON EASTBOUND GANDY BOULEVARD DUE TO A DEPRESSION IN THE ROADWAY

Eastbound Gandy Boulevard, east of Manhattan Avenue has been temporarily reduced to one lane due to a depression in the roadway.

Selmon Extension construction crews have temporarily closed the outside lane from Manhattan Avenue to the Taco Bus entrance.

Please use caution while driving in this area. We will alert you once the lane has reopened.

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BLOG – Signage and Barriers

 

Something as simple as using adequate signage and appropriate barriers can provide a great amount of protection for workers on bridge construction projects like the Selmon Extension. Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards require that traffic control signs, signals, barricades, or devices must be used to protect construction employees from traffic hazards, such as motorists inadvertently entering the work space or exiting the highway in the wrong place.

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