Colonial Drive to reopen

Colonial Drive to reopen

Colonial Drive, which runs perpendicular to University Boulevard and Paul W. Bryant Drive and was under construction, will reopen on Jan. 18. The street was supposed to reopen on Jan. 8, but had to remain closed in order for The University of Alabama Construction Administration to address issues pertaining to both the Americans with Disabilities Act and drainage issues.

The Colonial Drive project, which was initiated on Dec. 12, 2016, serves many purposes and includes several different phases, according to David Cordingly, the construction information manager at the University.

“The project on Colonial Drive is an interesting one and it has a lot of different parts to it," Cordingly said. "It’s a utility and infrastructure improvement project as well as a demolition project."

The first phase of the project dealt with relocating the utilities that served the old Alpha Omicron Pi house. Moving the utilities required UA construction to cut the center of Colonial Drive out to install a new sewer, storm drains, electrical wires and other utilities that will serve the future house. Once the utilities are moved, the old AOPi house will be torn down to clear space for the site of the new one.

The University construction also plans to demolish the 68-year-old Temple Tutwiler building to make room for the new AOPi house. This will require its utilities to be relocated as well.

Temple Tutwiler currently houses Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility on the first floor and the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations on the second. It is undetermined where those departments will be moved to once the building is demolished.

This is not the last of the construction to take place in the area. Cordingly said that UA construction has plans to improve the roads and sidewalks at the intersection of Colonial Drive and University Boulevard in the future.

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