Overpass one step away from being named in memory of Sydney Sutherland

Overpass one step away from being named in memory of Sydney Sutherland

NEWPORT, Ark. (KAIT) - A resolution to rename an overpass in Jackson County after Sydney Sutherland has passed.

The Jackson County justices unanimously voted at a special meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The resolution calls for the overpass on Jackson County Road 41 to be named in honor of Sutherland, who was killed in 2020.

Jackson County officials made a request to state highway officials for the honor.

“Whereas, the County of Jackson, Arkansas feels privileged to have signs honoring Sydney Sutherland, a Registered Nurse, avid runner, loving Sassy to her nieces and devoted daughter, who lost her life at this overpass,” the proposed resolution reads. “Now, therefore, be it resolved, by County Judge Jeff Phillips and the Quorum Court members of the County of Jackson, Arkansas to honor Sydney Sutherland and her family with this Memorial sign naming the Jackson County Road 41 Overpass in Sydney Sutherland’s memory.”

The Sutherland family was in attendance when that resolution was approved.

County Judge Jeff Phillips said it’s the least they could do and it’s their privilege.

“This hit close to home and it was very upsetting and just to honor someone that gave so much to the community, just honor her and her family by naming this overpass where this tragedy happened,” Phillips said.

The next step for the resolution is to send it over to the Arkansas Highway Department. That, along with letters of support.

The commission will look it over and have the final say on if the overpass could be named in honor of Sutherland.

Judge Phillips says there’s no timeline as of now on how long that may take, but they have high hopes that they will.

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