Redevelopment of Samford Park at Toomer’s Corner set to begin next week

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Phase I of the redevelopment and enhancement of Samford Park at Toomer’s Corner is scheduled to begin Wednesday, April 2. In preparation for the work, the iconic eagles perched on top of the 1917 brick gates will be temporarily taken down Thursday morning, March 27, by The Lathan Company Inc., a Mobile-based firm which restored the eagles in April 2012. The eagles will be stored on campus and returned to the corner upon completion of the project. The gates will remain on site during construction.

The project will begin with the installation of fencing around the perimeter of the worksite and the closure of a number of sidewalks in Samford Park as well as the crosswalks at the corner of West Magnolia Avenue and South College Street. Pedestrians are asked to use the midblock crosswalks on West Magnolia Avenue and South College Street for access to the downtown area from the university.

At times during construction, the right-hand, southbound lane on South College Street will be temporarily closed to accommodate construction traffic. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling near the worksite.

Phase I includes the installation of new pavers, soil replacement and a circular seating wall.  This work is expected to be completed prior to the start of the fall 2014 semester. Phase I also includes the planting of new trees, which will take place in early 2015.

J.A. Lett Construction Company Inc. of Auburn, Ala., was awarded the project on March 11, 2014.

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(Written by Gail Riese.)

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