Wire system could be considered for temporary solution to rolling Toomer’s Corner

The more things change? This photo of Toomer’s being rolled in 1972 shows power lines covered in toilet paper, not the Toomer’s Oaks.

It’s still Dr. Gogue’s call to make. He might still demand a permanent orange and blue replica of Disney’s Tree of Life (yes, the Tree of Life made it into one of the PowerPoint slides). But the recommendation he’ll receive this week from the Committee to Determine the Future of Rolling Toomer’s Corner will be for trees —real trees, large trees—to return to the corner to be rolled when they’re healthy enough, and for something man-made and temporary to come to the corner to be rolled until they are.

Maybe some wires or something. Maybe.

“Well, that’s one of the options we looked at earlier this year,” said Jeff Ramsey, the Director of Public Works for the City of Auburn, and a member the Committee to Determine the Future of Rolling Toomer’s Corner. “We were actually looking at a temporary solution for this year. One of the ideas we looked at during that time frame was stringing some wires up between existing poles out there.”

But a structural analysis conducted last summer indicated that the poles wouldn’t be up to the task. Ramsey anticipates today’s decision will give whatever new group Dr. Gogue might charge with the task of developing and implementing a temporary solution enough to time to make sure it’s the right one.

“Now we have time to develop an idea, a year and a half to maybe put in new poles with wires, but there also might be a better idea. Some sort of structure at the corner tied into the street lights, or an arch.”

Related: On the feasibility of a Toomer’s tree transplant.

More on the the Toomer’s Oaks: Toomer’s Corner rollings didn’t start with Punt, Bama, Punt, says History / Did Auburn students celebrate Bear Bryant’s death by rolling Toomer’s Corner

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