Blandville Road, KY 286 back open along tornado damage corridor

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY — U.S. 62/Blandville Road and Kentucky 286 are back open Friday night along the path of tornado damage in McCracken and Ballard counties, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says. Those roads were closed during the day Friday.

In an advisory sent Friday night, the cabinet says utility crews on Friday finished “a substantial portion” of the work on power lines and utility poles along U.S. 62 between the KY 286 Y intersection at Milan Station and the KY 305/Fisher Road intersection. Because of that, Blandville Road re-opened between the 2 and 6 mile markers around 9 p.m. Friday.

KYTC says that section of U.S. 62 and KY 286 are expected to stay open overnight. The cabinet says when utility crews return Saturday, more work will be done — but the work zone will allow one-lane traffic. The flow of traffic will alternate, and personnel will direct drivers through the work zone.

Utility crews will also work along side roads Saturday in that same area. Some of those roads may be temporarily closed to through traffic from time to time depending on where equipment has to be placed while the work is being done, KYTC says.

KYTC spokesman Keith Todd also notes that multiple volunteer groups will be out helping people with debris removal at their homes Saturday.

The cabinet says it and the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department are still asking drivers to avoid traveling through storm-damaged areas if they can. And, truck traffic is encouraged to keep using U.S. 60 between Paducah and Wickliffe as a detour to help reduce traffic volume along U.S. 62 and KY 286.