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Putting downtown back to normal as RNC moves out

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

The barricades and fencing that made Tampa look like a war zone all week are finally coming down.

After doing their job, it's time to tear things down and get back to more normal conditions downtown, and city officials aren't wasting any time.

"It's been tedious," said Shaheela Media, who works downtown. "Traffic has been horrible, having to leave my house at 5 a.m. to get to work on time."

As the sun came up Friday morning, we were starting to see Tampa look the way it did before the Republican National Convention, which ended Thursday night when Mitt Romney accepted the party's presidential nomination.

The city says things should look pretty close to normal by the end of the day. Workers began tearing down the barricades and fencing immediately after the convention ended, going well into the night.

It wasn't easy work. Some of those barricades weigh 70 pounds a piece. They also had to take down protective sheets on windows and coverings on statues.

The downtown roads should fully be open around 6 p.m. Friday.

"Very grateful now that I don't have to wait an hour to get parking," Media added.

And it's not just the streets -- the Coast Guard lifted all of the temporary boating restrictions on the waterways as of noon.

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