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Tampa Mayor Says Selmon Expressway May Close for Republican National Convention

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says the Selmon Crosstown Expressway may need to be closed down during certain parts of the National Republican Convention in August, but nothing is for sure.

There's a subcommittee focusing entirely on transportation issues for the National Republican Convention. They're currently working on ways to balance security and convenience. But final transportation plans aren't expected to be announced until 4 - 6 weeks before the convention.

Tampa Police spokeswoJim Asendioman Laura McElroy says Mayor Buckhorn was speculating about closing the Selmon Crosstown Expressway-- but she can't make the same assumption.
"That's all being analyzed and reviewed and the plan is being built as we speak," said McElroy, "So at this point, it has not been determined which roads-if any, will be closed and for what period of time."

Mayor Buckhorn was basing his thoughts on what happened in 2008. The interstate near the Democratic National Convention site shut down when then-candidate Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech.

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