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Dr. Delay: Some progress, but here’s what’s left in the Selmon Expressway project

The ongoing project along Gandy Boulevard began in February but still has a lot of work left before its projected fall 2020 completion date.
Much work has been completed on the Selmon Extension project, but we still have a way to go before the construction and ongoing detours on Gandy Boulevard end by the projected fall 2020 completion date. [MONIQUE WELCH | Monique Welch | Times]
Published Nov. 18

TAMPA— Since the Selmon Extension project began in February, many local residents became accustomed to the loud, daily banging as construction crews drove concrete piles to support the new incoming ramps.

Well, the Doc has some good news. You won’t have to hear the loud banging anymore, because that part at the east end of the interchange was completed last month.

But it’s an ongoing project, and plenty of work remains before the planned fall 2020 completion.

Construction crews are setting bridge segments over the Westshore/Gandy Boulevard intersection, temporarily closing the intersection at night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.. It’s forcing drivers going north or south on Westshore to detour right onto southbound Gandy Boulevard and take the nearest U-turn opportunity.

Once the Westshore improvements are completed by late summer 2020, the intersection will be widened, with two left-turn lanes, a straight through-lane and a dedicated right-turn lane.

Much work has been completed on the Selmon Extension project, but we still have a way to go before the detours on Gandy Boulevard end by the completion date, projected for fall 2020. [AMY HOLLYFIELD | Amy Hollyfield | Times]

There will be drainage work remaining throughout the project. And workers need to install large steel beams at the east end of the interchange, which will require nightly detours from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for five weeks.

Kymberly Graves, the project information officer for the Selmon Expressway, said that full-closure detours will be implemented on an “as-needed basis.”

“If a full detour is required, we will alert the public in advance,” she said.

Construction crews also are preparing for a traffic shift on the new bridge over Gandy where drivers will use that off-ramp to access eastbound Gandy. This involves widening southbound Selmon, which is scheduled for December.

Construction operations will suspend during the Thanksgiving holiday. Otherwise, follow the posted detours.

TRAFFIC UPDATES AND CLOSURES:

Hernando County:

  • State Road 50 (Cortez Boulevard) widening from Windmere Road/Bronson Boulevard to U.S. 98 causes lane closures through Friday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hillsborough County:

  • Lane closures with flagging operations continue through Saturday on County Road 580 (Sam Allen Road) from east of Paul Buchman Highway (State Road 39A) to Park Road from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Lane closures with flagging operations continue through Saturday on Sligh Avenue under Interstate 75 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Lane closures continue through Friday on State Road 60 under Interstate 275, on I-275 from west of SR 60 (Exit 39) to Lois Avenue (Exit 40B), and at West Shore Boulevard (CR 587) from W Lemon Street to W Gray Street from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • U.S. 41 repaving from Bullfrog Creek to Denver Street causes intermittent lane closures through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • SR 60 (Kennedy Boulevard) traffic signal upgrades from Armenia Avenue to Brevard Avenue cause nightly lane closures through Friday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • CR 672 (Big Bend Road) bridge replacement from Dickman Road to Wyandotte Road causes lane closures 24 hours a day through Saturday
  • SR 60 operational improvements at SR 589 (Veteran’s Expressway) causes nightly lane closures from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Pasco County:

  • The construction of the new Starkey Gap/Tri-County Trail causes nightly lane closures through Friday from 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
  • U.S. 301/U.S. 98 repaving from Pond Avenue to north of Long Avenue/Pioneer Museum Road causes lane closures from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Friday

Pinellas County:

  • On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Times 2019 Turkey Trot will bring temporary lane closures from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at:
    • Eastfield Drive from Nursery Road to Lakeview Road
    • Keene Road from Fairlane Drive to Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard
    • Lake Avenue from McMullen Road to Druid Road
    • Lakeview Road from Eastfield Drive to Hercules Avenue
    • Magnolia Drive Keene Road to Wellington Drive
    • Stancel Drive from Keene Road to Eastfield Drive
    • Nursery Road from Keene Road to Eastfield Drive
    • Regent Avenue at Magnolia Drive

Participants must yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles.

  • Gateway Expressway road closures through Saturday:
    • I-275 from south of Gandy Boulevard (Exit 28) to Fourth Street (Exit 32) and I-275 northbound Exit 30 ramp to westbound State Road 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) and westbound County Road 296 (118th Avenue) from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    • U.S. 19 Frontage Roads from 110th Avenue N to 126th Avenue N, SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) from SR 688 (Ulmerton Road) to 49th Street N, SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) entrance ramp to the Bayside Bridge, SR 686 (Roosevelt Boulevard) from 28th Street N to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N, and CR 611/49th Street from 145th Avenue to Bayside Bridge from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    • 118th Avenue North from U.S. 19 to 34th Street North from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Construction of the new Starkey Gap/Tri-County Trail causes nightly lane closures through Friday from 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
  • Lane closures with flagging operations from Walsingham Road to First Avenue from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • SR 682 (54th Avenue South) repaving from U.S. 19 to 41st Street South causes nightly lane closures from 7:30 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • SR 679 (Pinellas Bayway Structure E) bridge replacement and repaving from north of Yacht Club Lane to SR 682 causes nightly lane closures from 8:30 p.m. to 7 a.m
  • Alt. U.S. 19 (Myrtle Avenue) repaving from SR 60 (Chestnut Street) to Mohawk Street causes intermittent lane closures through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • SR 688, SR 586 and SR 580 intersection lighting improvements cause lane closures through Friday at various locations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.:
    • SR 688 (Ulmerton Road) between Hamlin Boulevard in Largo and Feather Sound Drive in St. Petersburg
    • SR 586 (Curlew Road) between Alt 19/Bayshore in Dunedin and Tampa Road in Oldsmar
    • SR 580 between Patricia Avenue in Dunedin and McMullen Booth Road in Palm Harbor
  • Alt. U.S. 19 (Fourth Avenue North) repaving from Fifth Avenue North to Third Street North causes lane closures through Saturday from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Monique Welch is a staff writer at the Tampa Bay Times, and the voice behind Dr. Delay. Send your traffic concerns, questions, and pictures of roadway troubles you spot in your travels around the Tampa Bay area to docdelay@tampabay.com. Follow @AskDrDelay.

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