Auburn trustees OK plan to replant oaks in 2015

Fans roll the poisoned oak trees at Toomer's Corner one final time following Auburn's A-Day spring NCAA college football game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, April 20, 2013. The tradition of "rolling" the trees at Toomer's Corner following a win by the football team has come to an end. Auburn fans rolled the trees following the spring football game, and officials plan to take dying trees down Tuesday. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – Auburn University trustees have approved a plan to replant the oak trees at Toomer’s Corner early next year.

The move is part of a redevelopment plan adopted Friday.

Work will begin this spring to replace soil contaminated when a University of Alabama fan poisoned the trees with a powerful herbicide. The job will wrap up with planting two new trees in early 2015.

The new trees will replace the ones that died after being poisoned by ‘Bama fan Harvey Updyke, who pleaded guilty and served time in jail.

The redevelopment plan includes a circular wall and a tree-lined walkway from Toomer’s Corner to the Samford Hall lawn.

Officials expect the first phase of the work to cost about $900,000.

Updyke is paying almost $800,000 in restitution.

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