Temporary wire system for Toomer’s Corner rollings to be installed next summer

The more things change? This early photo of Toomer’s being rolled in 1972 shows power lines covered in toilet paper.

The discussion on the future layout and functionality of Toomer’s Corner has only just begun (more on that in a bit), but a decision on a temporary solution for future rollings in the event that the Toomer’s Oaks are removed has been reached.

A rollable wire system built between reinforced traffic signal mast arms will be installed downtown in the summer of 2013 according to Jeff Ramsey, the Director of Public Works for the City of Auburn.

A structural analysis conducted last year indicated that the current poles wouldn’t be up to the task.

“We’ll be replacing the four existing poles there now with new poles that can handle the tension of the wires. We have the designs and everything ready for that,” said Ramsey, who was also a member the Committee to Determine the Future of Rolling Toomer’s Corner.

“We’ve been working on that idea for some time now. Our idea is to actually do the construction in the summertime.”

Dan King, Auburn University’s Assistant Vice President for Facilities, indicated that the temporary plan will go forward even if the Toomer’s Oaks are still in place.

“We’re pretty sensitive that there’s no gap, that there’s always something there that can be rolled,” King said.

 

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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