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One year out, officials work to make Tampa ready for RNC

The 2012 Republican National Convention promises to be the biggest thing to hit Tampa since Teddy Roosevelt brought the Rough Riders through town on the way to San Juan Hill.

So local and state officials are working with the city to make sure that half-finished road projects won't create gridlock and 40,000 annoyed visitors the week of Aug. 27, 2012.

"We want to make sure they can get there and get home and have a happy memory of Tampa," says Leo Folsom, community relations and special events manager for the Florida Department of Transportation's Tampa office. "Our construction projects in the Tampa Bay area will essentially be shut down for the week of the convention itself."

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[Last modified: Saturday, July 9, 2011 7:02pm]


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