MLK Streetscape

  1. Engineering Services
  2. Construction Status

Development Services Building

171 N Ross St

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  2. Phone: (334) 501-7390
  3. Hours:  M-F: 7:30AM-4:30AM

Alison Frazier, P.E., CFM

Engineering Services Director / City Engineer

  1. Phone: (334) 501-7390
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Project Description

This project will enhance the streetscape along Martin Luther King Drive between Shug Jordan Parkway and Donahue Drive by adding 10-foot-wide sidewalk, decorative pedestrian lighting, landscaping, medians, and storm and sanitary extensions as well as installing a new water main.

This project will tie into the upcoming Martin Luther King Drive Multi-Use Path Project, which is being done in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Transportation. The Martin Luther King Drive Multi-Use Path Project consists of the construction of a multi-use path between Webster Road and the Shug Jordan Parkway Overpass. Together, these two projects will create a 2-mile long connection for the people who live along Martin Luther King Drive to Downtown and Auburn University.


  • Design work began in 2019.
  • A public meeting was held on February 20, 2020, for review of conceptual plans for the project. Design work continued into 2021.
  • An additional public meeting will be held in 2022 for input.
  • Easements and rights-of-entry for this project are expected to be acquired in 2022.
  • This is a Fiscal Year 2022 project, with construction slated to begin in 2023. The project will take 12-18 months to complete.


  • Initial budget was $1.25 million to be spread over late 2019 through fall of 2021.
  • Preliminary cost estimate from Foresite Group was nearly $5.1 million in February 2020.
  • COVID-19 delayed numerous projects, including this project, though design work continued.
  • FY2021-2022 Biennial Budget (Oct. 2020-Sept. 2022) moved construction to Fiscal Year 2025-2026 due to COVID-19.
  • In the Mid-Biennium Budget process, the project moved up to Fiscal Year 2023, which begins in the fall of 2022.