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Q&A: Selmon Expressway likely to be closed during RNC

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 05:26 PM

Question: I take the (Lee Roy Selmon Expressway) from Brandon to the Tampa General Hospital exit every morning (Monday-Friday). If the Crosstown is closed, will the government put up temporary detour route signs identifying how to get to the hospital?

Geri, Valrico

Answer: Many people e-mailed us with a similar question.

Because of its location at the edge of the Tampa Convention Center, which will be filled with journalists and political folks during the conventions, the Crosstown seems likely to sit within whatever security perimeter the Secret Service establishes around the convention venues.

As a result, there's a strong possibility that part of the road will be closed during all or part of the Aug. 27-30 convention. We're still a month or more away from knowing where that security perimeter will go and what it will effect.

City officials say once they know that, they'll be able to take their own measures in signage and making sure traffic flows smoothly during the convention.

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