Crews continue to install box culvert on West Crest Avenue between North River Boulevard and Highland. Progress has been slower than anticipated, but we expect box culvert installation on this segment to be completed by June 17. Stormwater inlets are being installed and connected to the new box culvert as installation progresses. Restoration work has begun at the river and will follow box culvert installation as it heads eastward.
The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts above-average hurricane activity this year.
Preparing for hurricanes is not new to David Nelson Construction – it is part of doing business in Florida. The contractor has standard procedures in place to follow before and after a hurricane makes landfall to protect against damage. We review and update our hurricane plans annually following industry best practices.
Our procedures start days in advance of a predicted landfall and include backfilling and securing all open trenches, moving and/or securing all equipment and staged materials and so on. Other steps we take include:
- Inspecting all drainage structures and pipe for proper operation and removing any blockage to minimize flooding,
- Taking measures to protect against erosion and infiltration of sand and silt,
- Collecting and securing all barricades, signage, lumber, light pipe and other items that could become windborne and present a hazard to the surrounding neighborhoods, and
- Ensuring all designated hurricane evacuation roads within the project are safe and travelable/navigable.
Residents in Southeast Seminole Heights Flooding Relief Project construction zone should secure their property and prepare for any tropical activity as you normally would during hurricane season. If you haven’t already purchased disaster preparedness items, you have until June 10, 2022, to purchase them tax-free. Learn about Florida’s disaster preparedness sales tax holiday and how to prepare for hurricane season at the City of Tampa’s website. You may also sign up for Alert Tampa to receive emergency alert notifications from the City.
Crews will be working tonight after 9:00 p.m. in front of Hillsborough High School to connect the school to newly installed utilities. This work must occur at night, while the school is closed. We anticipate the work will be completed around midnight, but could continue overnight should crews encounter unforeseen conditions. Residents can expect to hear some minor construction noise and back-up alarms.
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