Monthly Archives: May 2014

SB I-275 Dale Mabry exit to close tonight for four months

The Dale Mabry Highway exit off southbound Interstate 275 is scheduled to close at 11:30 tonight for four months as an ongoing four-year highway reconstruction project continues. Vehicles will be detoured to Himes Avenue, which has a temporary exit from the interstate’s left lane. So plan ahead dale mabryof time to find the best alternate route, but expect backups until motorists get used to the changes.

Southbound drivers who normally use the Dale Mabry exit will be directed to Himes (Exit 41C), which precedes Dale Mabry. Drivers can turn left (south) on Himes, then right (west) on Cypress Street to reach Dale Mabry. To help, overhead message signs on I-275 and portable message signs at the Himes exit “have been and will continue to emphasize that the Himes exit is an exit from the left lane,” he said. In addition, new metal signs along I-275 will warn motorists of the change.

“The combination of these signs with electronic messages should provide more than ample messages to drivers,” McShaffrey said.

FDOT concluded that summer was the best time to do what must be done to move along the rebuilding of 4.2 miles of I-275, stretching from downtown to the Howard Frankland Bridge.
Closing the Dale Mabry ramp will let crews rebuild the exit and build an exit for Cypress Street, FDOT said. The closing also means fewer interruptions, allowing the new exits to reopen sooner — likely September.

According to FDOT, when the I-275 work is done in 2016, there will be four lanes in each direction, a flatter road to improve sight distance and decrease the chance of crashes, improved interchanges and a wide median to allow for future improvements.

Update from TBO.com

Increased Cargo Thefts, Traffic, Highway Deaths Come with Memorial Day Holiday

The unofficial kickoff of summer brings with it increased traffic, more crashes and greater chances of truck cargo thefts now through Monday, warn three different groups. AAA projects 36.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 1.5% increase from the 35.5 million people who traveled last year, with more than eight in ten travelers driving to their destinations.

The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 22 to Monday, May 26.

Memorial Day holiday travel volume is expected to reach a new post-recession high and is forecast to be 2.6% more than the 10-year historical average, as well as the second-highest travel volume since 2000. AAA says 88% percent of travelers, or 31.8 million, will travel by automobile, an increase from 31.4 million last year. Travel by other modes of transportation will see the laheavy trafficrgest increase, up 6.5%, totaling 1.7 million travelers.

With this increased travel, the chance of crashes occurring is greater. The National Safety Council predicts an estimated 382 traffic fatalities during this time and 40,900 people injured. Crashes aren’t the only thing that is expected to increase over the holiday weekend — so are cargo thefts, according to the logistics security services provider FrieghtWatch International.

“Holiday weekends are of notoriously high risk for manufacturers and logistics-related organizations,” the group said in a release. “Organized cargo theft rings will be extremely active in the coming days, as more shipments are left unattended for extended periods of time due to the long holiday weekend.”

During Memorial Day Weekend last year, FreightWatch recorded theft levels 30.8% higher than non-holiday weekends. Pharmaceuticals, electronics, food/drinks, alcohol, tobacco, and apparel are commonly stolen over the Memorial Day weekend.

FreightWatch recommends logistics and security professionals ensure security protocols are up to date and in line with industry best practices for both in-transit and warehouse operations, as both will be heavily targeted over the weekend.

“In order to mitigate criminal attempts to exploit cargo at rest, we suggest confirming that a given receiver’s hours of operation for the holiday weekend are consistent with scheduled delivery times,” said FreightWatch. “Covert GPS tracking and active monitoring of high value shipments is highly recommended, as it has proven to be the most effective protocol to both mitigate in-transit theft and facilitate successful recovery of stolen product.”

Story from truckinginfo.com

Speed limit increase won’t happen for Florida after all

Many Florida speed limits currently top out at 70 MPH, which is much faster than many states I’ve visited. But is it safe? Of course when people see 70, the automatically think it’s OK to drive 75 or even 85 so what would a speed increase do? For those who break the law, they see 75, now they’re pushing 90.texas-80-mph-speed-limit-sign

Higher speeds mean more dangerous collisions. When an accident happens and the motorists are going 25 MPH the damage can still be pretty severe. Now triple that  number, and motorists that crash going 75 will definitely be in bad shape. The faster people drive, the faster people die. About one-third of all traffic related deaths are due to excessive speed.

When you add in the component of big rigs on the highway, the driving scene becomes more dangerous. Many times drivers can get frustrated with semi-trucks. We’ve all seen them. They swerve in and out of trucks, honking and yelling at truck drivers for driving too slowly. Little do those drivers know that many of those trucks have a throttle cap – meaning the truck does not have the ability to go more than 60-65 MPH. But why? It’s simple. Trucks going faster than 65 MPH are burning more fuel than they’re gaining from the load. It is not cost efficient for a semi to drive that fast. He’s already only getting a few miles to the gallon, the faster he drives the worse it gets.

Although as a driver, the ability to drive faster on occasion is rather appealing, but I have to say, Scott get this one right.

Ever considered a job in Logistics? Don’t worry, most haven’t.

How can a $1.3 trillion industry, getting bigger every year, be hidden in plain sight? Easy. The vast U.S. logistics business, which delivers 48 million tons of freight (worth about $48 billion) daily and already employs roughly 6 million people, operates mostly behind the scenes.MC2_0892

When you’re shopping at Publix, you rarely think about how all those products get to the shelves. When you pick out now furniture, the fact that it came from China and someone had to get to the local Kane’s Furniture doesn’t cross your mind. So why then would anyone think about a career in Logistics?

Most of the time when I recruit recent college graduates, I have to explain what ReedTMS does and how logistics works. Most of the time I say, “I work in transportation,” and they get confused and think I want them to drive a semi-truck, but that’s far from what we do.

We are a transportation provider. We provide services to customers who do not haul their own freight. We’re a group of young professionals working in an office, working with large companies to get their products to consumers or distribution centers.

photo6One of the biggest hurdles I face as a hiring manager is getting college students to think logistics is cool. Social media can help. We post photos of employees having fun and the occasional article explaining different aspects of transportation, but many times it isn’t enough. But we need new professionals, like most logistics companies. In total, says a new MHI report, the logistics business will be looking to fill about 1.4 million jobs, or roughly 270,000 per year, by 2018.

The majority of the time, someone’s specific degree doesn’t really matter. For more experienced professionals, their current industry doesn’t make or break them. What we look for most of soft skills. How tech savvy are you? How easily do you speak on the phone? Do you pay attention to details? – That sort of thing. And so many people I’ve hired come into this industry blind, then never leave! We’re always looking for capable people – Tell your friends.

Trucks clip U.S. 19 overpass; Gulf to Bay Blvd. closed

U.S. 19 has reopened, but Gulf to Bay Boulevard in Clearwater could remain shut down for the next 24-48 hours after a gulf to baysteel girder was damaged on the overpass and is hanging from the highway.

According to Clearwater Police spokesman Rob Shaw, two semi-trucks clipped the overpass on U.S. 19, in an area of ongoing construction on the highway, damaging a steel girder that was part of an old bridge on which no traffic is flowing.

Gulf to Bay Boulevard could be closed for the next 24-48 hour and motorists are advised to avoid the area, and to expect major delays.