Hurricane Readiness Plan

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is tracking a number of storms, including Tropical Storm Ian, that could potentially impact Florida. Hurricane preparedness is an important part of doing business in Florida, and David Nelson Construction has standard procedures in place to follow before and after a hurricane makes landfall to protect against damage.

Nelson’s procedures start days in advance of a predicted landfall. Trenches are backfilled and secured. Equipment is moved and secured. Other steps the project team will 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,
  • Ensuring all designated hurricane evacuation roads within the project are safe and navigable,
  • Emptying project dumpsters, and
  • Removing job site signage and permit boards.

If street signs have been taken down for construction, they will remain down until after a storm passes to prevent them from becoming windborne. However, residents should know that emergency responders use a secure electronic maps system for search and rescue during emergencies; they do not rely on street signs.

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. To keep your family safe, following all the typical hurricane safety tips:

  • Avoid standing water
  • Don’t drive through moving or standing water; don’t drive through a growing puddle
  • Avoid downed power lines; always assume power lines are live
  • Treat non-functioning traffic signals as a four way stop

If you haven’t already done so, assemble a disaster supply kit. Visit the City’s Disaster Supply Kit web page for list of items to include in your kit. Learn more about hurricane preparedness at the City of Tampa’s website. You may also sign up for Alert Tampa to receive emergency alert notifications from the City.

New Detour Pattern for Florida Avenue Closure; Team Watching Tropical Storm

Northbound traffic on Florida Avenue will be detoured at Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to Nebraska Avenue because of FDOT work on the underside of the I-275 bridge over Osborne Avenue.

Northbound traffic on Florida Avenue is detoured at Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to Nebraska Avenue because of FDOT work on the underside of the I-275 bridge over Osborne Avenue.

Effective today, northbound traffic on Florida Avenue will be detoured at Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to Nebraska Avenue. Southbound thru traffic on North Florida Avenue is detoured at East Hillsborough Avenue to Nebraska Avenue. In light of the Tropical Depression 9, which appears to be bearing down on west coast of Florida, the maintenance of traffic subcontractor was forced to implement the detour early with knowledge that local crews will be pulled to wherever the storm lands early next week.

This new detour pattern is due to Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) work on the underside of the I-275 bridge over Osborne Avenue. FDOT’s work will begin Monday, Sept. 26, and continue for at least two weeks. FDOT’s work will occur in the early evening to early morning.

Florida Avenue will remain closed through Oct. 7 as crews work to install stormwater infrastructure and replace a 12-inch water main between West Crest and East Frierson avenues.

La Segunda Bakery and Ready 2 Go Motors are accessible from the south side of the closure, via Osborne Avenue, northbound on Florida Avenue to West Crest Avenue. Spaddy’s Coffee, Vintage Post, Velvet Gypsy and Chocolate Pi are still accessible via southbound Florida Avenue from Hillsborough Avenue. Forever Beautiful Salon is accessible via Suwanee and Frierson avenues.

Please use caution and follow all posted signs in the construction zone. Thru-traffic motorists should follow all posted detours.

What are These Flags and Stakes?

Locator flags are important indicators for the project team. Please do not remove them.

Locator flags are important indicators for the project team. Please do not remove them.

Residents have asked us about the significance of different flags throughout the job site as well as stakes with ribbons attached. These items are not trash, but in fact are important indicators for the project team. There are different colored marking flags to signify different underground utilities:

  • Yellow – indicates gas, oil or petroleum lines
  • Orange – indicates telecommunication, cable or fiber optic lines; these are placed by the communications companies
  • Blue – indicates a drinking water line
  • Purple – indicates a reclaimed water link
  • Pink – used to mark survey areas

Stakes with ribbons of all different colors are used by the surveyors throughout the course of construction to ensure alignment of different utilities being installed as well as the roadway and curb being installed. Some of these may indicate the route, and others may indicate a surveyor’s benchmark, which is a reference point used repeatedly to check measurements.

All flags and stakes should be left in place and protected until the project is restored. Upon final restoration, all flags and stakes will be removed.

Join Us for a Construction Update Meeting!

A construction update community meeting will be held in the Hillsborough High auditorium at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

A construction update community meeting will be held in the Hillsborough High auditorium at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

The City of Tampa will hold a construction update meeting for the Southeast Seminole Heights Flooding Relief Project Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. in the Hillsborough High School Auditorium, 5000 North Central Avenue.

Each Seminole Heights neighborhood is affected by construction of this major stormwater conveyance project, so we invite you to hear an update on construction progress and challenges to-date, learn about future work, get answer to your questions and discuss concerns with the project team.

Parking for the event is in the school’s Central Avenue lot next to the stadium. Signs will direct attendees to the auditorium.

Construction Update for East Caracas Street

Crews have been installing 72-inch stormwater pipe on East Caracas Street to direct water from Southeast Seminole Heights underneath I-275 toward the outfall at the Hillsborough River. This portion of work is going slower than expected due to the depth of excavation and narrow construction zone.

Approximately 140 feet of 72-inch storm pipe and two stormwater inlets still need to be installed along East Caracas Street. At the current installation pace, this work should take approximately three to four weeks to complete.

Afterward, crews will check the alignment of the adjacent water main and make any necessary adjustments, which will take approximately one to two weeks to complete. Roadway restoration on Caracas is planned to begin mid- to late October, and the first lift of asphalt should be installed within four weeks.

North Florida Avenue Closure Extended to Oct. 7

North Florida Avenue will remain closed through Oct. 7.

North Florida Avenue will remain closed through Oct. 7. Beginning Sept. 19, La Segunda Bakery and Ready 2 Go Motors are accessible from the south side of the closure, via Osborne Avenue, northbound on Florida Avenue to West Crest Avenue.

Florida Avenue will remain closed through Oct. 7 as crews work to install stormwater infrastructure and replace a 12-inch water main between West Crest and East Frierson avenues. Nelson Construction understands the road closure has been difficult for businesses, their patrons and residents, and is working as quickly as safety and weather allow to complete this work. Remaining work includes installing curb inlets, installing and testing the new water line to ensure water quality, rebuilding and repaving the road.

Beginning Monday, Sept. 19, La Segunda Bakery and Ready 2 Go Motors are accessible from the south side of the closure, via Osborne Avenue, northbound on Florida Avenue to West Crest Avenue.

Spaddy’s Coffee, Vintage Post, Velvet Gypsy and Chocolate Pi are still accessible via southbound Florida Avenue from Hillsborough Avenue. Forever Beautiful Salon is accessible via Suwanee and Frierson avenues. Flaggers are on site to help motorists access businesses and navigate the construction site.

City Responds to Resident Input on Outfall Structure – Revised

Seminole Heights Flooding Relief Project Outfall Structure at Haya Linear Park

As suggested by residents, the City has requested some changes to the appearance of the new outfall structure at Haya Linear Park. Nelson Construction has worked with the engineer, the City and permitting agencies to make the following improvements to soften the appearance of the structure:

  • The grade around the outfall will be raised. Instead of 12 inches of the structure sticking up above the ground, more dirt will be added to the park and so only 6 inches of the structure will be visible above the ground.Decorative paver drive for outfall structure
  • A decorative paver drive will provide access for heavy maintenance vehicles. The wooden bollards previously delineating the park that were removed for construction will be replaced, and a chain will be kept across the paver driveway to prevent public vehicles from driving up to or onto the top of the outfall structure.
  • A handrail will be added along 3 sides to provide drop off protection as required for worker safety and because it will be open to the public as part of the park.
  • The structure will be stained and painted green to match the sod that will be installed, and pink muhly grass will be added to three sides to improve the overall appearance. (Environmental permits limit what can be planted near and around the outfall by the contractor).pink muhly grass

These changes mean a slight delay in final restoration for the area, which we are striving to have complete by the end of the year.

Flagger Added to Address Vehicle Parking

Business owners on North Florida Avenue, just south of the excavation at West Crest Avenue, have expressed concern that vehicles continue to block business parking and that some traffic is deterred from approaching businesses since large trucks are in the area. To address this situation, Nelson Construction is adding a flagger to the south end of the excavation beginning tomorrow. This flagger will also help motorists access business parking while advising others to keep business parking accessible.

The flagger on the north end directing motorists when construction vehicles are delivering materials to the site will remain in place.

North Florida Avenue Road Closure Extended to Sept. 23, 2022

North Florida Avenue road closure extended to Sept. 23, 2022

The North Florida Avenue road closure has been extended to Sept. 23, 2022, to replace a 1960s era pipe.

North Florida Avenue at West Crest Avenue is expected to remain closed for two additional weeks through Sept. 23 due to wet ground conditions and additional work requested by the City of Tampa. As crews excavated the intersection, the City discovered that its existing 12-inch water main does not meet current depth requirements. The City has asked Nelson Construction to replace this 1960s-era pipe and install it to a deeper depth to withstand Florida Avenue traffic loads.

Northbound thru traffic on North Florida Avenue is detoured at Osborne Avenue to Nebraska Avenue. Southbound thru traffic on North Florida Avenue is detoured at East Hillsborough Avenue to Nebraska Avenue.

During this closure, please continue to patronize your favorite Florida Avenue businesses. These businesses remain open; traffic to local businesses is considered local traffic. Signs are in place at both ends of the closure indicating that businesses are accessible.

Traffic Alerts

Crest Roadwork Delayed

Road restoration on West Crest Avenue has been delayed by tree removal permits and sanitary sewer refinements. The project team is awaiting permits to remove two grand oaks trees that have been impacted by construction. The permits are under review with the City, and upon approval, crews will remove the trees. Sanitary sewer refinements are being made on the north side of West Crest Avenue near Highland. That work is expected to be completed next week. Road restoration will begin as soon as these two items are completed, which we hope will be next week, pending permit approval.