UPDATE: The resolution was approved.
A resolution authorizing street closures at Toomer’s Corner on April 23 that will allow Auburn University to begin removing the Toomer’s Oaks will almost certainly be approved at tonight’s Auburn City Council meeting.
If so, Magnolia Avenue will be closed from Wright Street to Gay Street, and College Street will be closed from Thach Avenue to Glenn Avenue starting at 7 a.m. that Tuesday, just three days after the final Toomer’s Oaks rolling event scheduled for A-Day, April 20. The roads are currently estimated to be closed for no more than five hours.
According to the council’s agenda, the process is slated to begin at 7 a.m. The roads are currently estimated to be closed for no more than five hours.
“We work very closely with the university, the city council, (AU) President Gogue, and the Auburn Board of Trustees,” Auburn City Manager Charles Duggan said.
Duggan said the date for the closing was requested by the university.
“I can’t think of any reason why it wouldn’t be approved by the city council tonight,”
Auburn City Councilman Gene Dulaney agreed.
“I can’t see any issues in terms of anybody objecting,” Dulaney said.
In February, Dan King, Auburn University’s Assistant Vice President for Facilities, said the removal would likely be handled by Asplundh, the company that oversaw an initial pruning of the trees last year.
King said the removal of some of the oaks’ roots will “definitely cause part of the road to be dug up at some point.”
Every piece of wood cut down will eventually be turned into souvenirs, the proceeds from which Debbie Shaw, Vice President of Auburn Alumni Affairs says will go entirely toward student scholarships.
Shaw says whichever company Auburn chooses to produce the souvenirs will have to be on the scene of the removal to oversee the wood’s preservation; the wood already removed from the tree is currently being kept in a shipping container on Auburn’s campus.
Two new potential designs for the future look of Toomer’s Corner were presented late last month. Input on the new designs are being solicited via online survey; the final plan will be unveiled during the final Toomer’s Oaks rolling event scheduled for April 20, which ESPN will likely be in town for.
The university and city will install a temporary wire structure (most likely this summer) which will allow rollings to continue after the Toomer’s Oaks are removed.
The current timeline has the new corner being completed by the 2014 football season.