The Toomer’s Corner intersection will close for this summer starting May 11, but businesses will remain open.
The Auburn City Council voted Tuesday, May 5, to allow free parking downtown during the summer and to open up all the floors of the municipal parking deck behind City Hall.
Parking will still be limited to two hours for on-street parking and four hours for parking lots from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Mayor Bill Ham said he hopes the new construction will make the intersection even more pedestrian friendly, but it will mean some inconvenience during the summer.
“We’re going to have to continue to ask people to be patient,” Ham said. “But it will be a reasonably short period of time, and the goal is to get the thing back open before fall semester.”
Assistant City Manager Kevin Cowper said he expects construction to be complete around the first week of August.
“The idea is to make it into a great community event space that everybody in the community can enjoy,” Cowper said.
The City of Auburn launched a webpage Monday, May 4, explaining the construction project.
Other items discussed at the City Council meeting:
- Voted to close portions of Airport Road for the Auburn-Opelika Fly-in on May 16.
- Heard from residents during Citizens Communications opposed to Auburn City Schools proposed drug testing policy.