Violet Street in Sutherland

Violet Street is a gravel road in Sutherland that is set to be paved in June.

SUTHERLAND—Plans are being made to have a road less graveled in Sutherland soon.

The Sutherland City Council on May 4 discussed whether the city would use asphalt or concrete to pave a gravel part of Violet Street, a three-block road located in the northeast part of the community.

Council members want to make a 175-foot-long portion of the west-to-east street a smoother ride for those traveling on it, especially for motorists who have just come from Vine Avenue, a paved road.

The Violet Street-paving project’s budget is about $30,000.

“It’s a narrow road, but they have erosion and drainage issues,” said Sutherland mayor Kay Gifford.

The asphalt for the project originally was intended to be 4 inches deep, but Sharon Flinders, a member of the Sutherland Economic Development Board, is looking to expand that to 8 inches deep.

“I realize it’s double the depth of asphalt, but I don’t think it is going to double the price because I would assume that the labor is pretty much going to be the same whether they do 4 inches or 8,” Flinders said.

The council has yet to award a company for the project. Gifford said she hopes to see the project started in June.

The city also is looking to establish a truck route in the town to prevent vehicle congestion in other parts of it.

Gifford thought there already was a recommended road for semitrucks, but she found out she was wrong.

“I’ve always, before I was the mayor, thought there was a suggested truck route,” Gifford said. “Not a ‘ticketable’ offense, but just a suggested truck route, and apparently, I and several other people were wrong.

“If they were to make the truck route, of course it would be Southern Street (Highway 10). Perhaps Waterman and First Street, and the outer streets that make up the core of Sutherland,” she said.

Sutherland police officer Jami Webster said a truck route could be difficult to impose.

“It’s going to be tough,” Webster said. “A lot of trucks from Car-Go go straight down to Ash Street to the grocery store and to the bars and that. It’s going to be tough to enforce, but if it’s something that needs to be done, it’s going to have a lot of legal involved.”

Gifford noted the city will not begin an ordinance on a new truck route at this time.

“We’re going to start just reaching out with conversation,” she said. “Just some friendly posters or mentions on TV just to be aware.”