Auburn commuters can expect partial lane closures beginning mid-July as construction of the five-story, 600-space South College Street Parking Deck begins on College Street between Roosevelt Drive and the main entrance to The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.
The parking deck will be constructed in the existing surface parking lot south of the hotel.
“Utilities located underneath the south lot and within the footprint of the new parking deck will need to be relocated to South College Street to allow for construction of the parking deck,” said Interim University Architect Simon Yendle. “In an effort to limit traffic impact, we have designed construction to take place in stages so, while there will be lane closures on South College Street associated with this project, both north and south bound travel lanes will remain open at all times during the project.”
This project will take place in three stages.
The first stage of construction is scheduled for mid-July through Sept. 1 and will include: closure of the south parking lot; closure of the adjacent sidewalk and two northbound lanes from Roosevelt Avenue to the entrance of the hotel; and relocation of utilities from the south lot into the South College Street right-of-way.
During first stage, both northbound lanes will be reduced to one lane and shifted into the current center turn lane.
The second stage of construction is scheduled to take place Sept. 1 through Nov. 19 and will include the reopening of the two northbound lanes to allow for football traffic to travel downtown. The sidewalk will remain closed.
Construction of the parking deck will continue in the south lot. No road closures will take place during the second phase.
The third and final stage of construction is scheduled for Nov. 19 through May 2019 and will include the completion of the parking deck in the south lot; streetscape work including the new median and crosswalk; and construction of new steps and ADA access to the south side of the hotel.
During this last stage, lane closures can be expected, but planned lane shifts will allow for traffic to flow at all times.
Once complete the project will result in the construction of a 600-space parking deck; a new 14-foot-wide sidewalk from Roosevelt to the hotel entrance; parallel on-street parking in front of the parking deck; installation of a streetscape median in front of the new deck; amid-block crossing with a flashing beacon; and new steps and ADA ramp on the south side entrance to the conference center.
The Auburn University Board of Trustees approved construction of the South College Street Parking Deck during its April meeting.
Work on the streetscape and crosswalk has been a collaboration with the city of Auburn which is helping to fund the street work.