Dear Neighbor:

In the past few days we have received several calls regarding the construction project currently under way on Park and Amsterdam Roads. I thought I’d take a quick moment to try and provide some clarity.

Park Road and the section of Amsterdam between Sleepy Hollow and Park are state routes. The maintenance and upkeep of state routes rests with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. We as a city have no input into the maintenance plans or schedules for state routes. We try to work cooperatively with our partners in State Government but ultimately we do not control their project plans or schedule.

We make every effort possible to notify residents of planned projects in the city through E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and our Website. Earlier this week we sent out a message concerning the city repaving projects that will soon start. However, with state projects we often do not know when they are planned. We are working with the Transportation Cabinet’s local office on that issue but, again, we cannot mandate that they provide advance notice to us. In this case we learned of the project when it began. The Highway Department shared the information publicly through its website on August 9th; this is the same day the project began.

On this specific project many of the questions we have received are concerns over the gravel that is now on the roadway. It will not remain that way. The method of resurfacing being employed is described below

The process is similar to what is called a “Sami” application. It is the application of a thicker emulsion that is then covered in the gravel. The excess gravel is swept off and then a final coat if sealer is then applied. It is more cost effective than a thin layer of asphalt and supposedly extends the life of the pavement by 5 to 10 years.

The surface coat should happen in the next week or two.

If you have any questions, please let us know. However, as mentioned above this is a State of Kentucky Project not a city one so we have limited input into project methods or timelines. We as a city will carry the concerns of our residents forward to the Highway Department but if you are welcome to contact them directly as well.

A link to the local Transportation District can be accessed at:


Edward M. Butler
City Administrative Officer
City of Fort Wright

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