Tampa traffic and road closures: Tampa's post-RNC goal: Normal by noon

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Tampa, Florida -- Convention? What convention? That's the City of Tampa's goal by Friday afternoon, hustling to haul away miles of fencing and barricades.

Applause from the 2012 Republican National Convention gave way almost immediately to the clanking of workers stacking 9-foot metal fence sections and the beep-beep-beeping of forklifts in action.

Much of the black security fencing that created a secure zone around the Tampa Bay Times Forum and encircled several government buildings will be used in Charlotte for next week's Democratic National Convention, so there's a need to pack it up quickly.

Noon is the target time to remove all of the RNC-related barricades that made a maze of the southern end of Downtown Tampa.

However, many streets had already been reopened by 5 a.m. Friday. A few remained blocked off, especially near the Forum.

The Platt Street and Brorein Street bridges are not expected to be open for Friday morning's rush hour, but they should be open and carrying cars by the afternoon commute into South Tampa.

The entire Lee Roy Selmon Expressway is scheduled to reopen at 5:30 a.m. Friday in both directions.

Some tents -- particularly a massive one in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park -- may take a few more days to remove.

The squads of officers who spent the week patrolling Downtown Tampa are a memory.

Starting Thursday night and through Friday morning, the thousands of officers, deputies, and troopers who came to help us from across the state are heading home at the ends of their shifts.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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