Detours set up to help with tornado cleanup in McCracken and Ballard counties

UPDATE: U.S. 62/Blandville Road and KY 286 are back open to traffic Friday night, buy drivers are still advised to avoid the area if they can on Saturday. For more information, click here.


WEST KENTUCKY — Due to tornado debris, some west Kentucky roads will be closed on Friday.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the following roads will be closed in McCracken and Ballard Counties.

  • US 62 closed to through traffic from the McCracken/Ballard County line to about the 9 mile marker.
  • KY 286 closed to through traffic from the McCracken/Ballard County line to the US 62 intersection at Milan Station.

US 62 and KY 286 will remain open Friday morning until about 8:30 a.m. This will allow people to get to school and work more easily.

Those two roads will be closed to through traffic starting at 8:30 a.m. for tornado cleanup. A number of side roads in the area will also be closed. The following detours will be set up:

  • Eastbound traffic on US 62 and KY 286 will be detoured via KY 726/McKendree Church Road to US 60.
  • Westbound traffic on US 62 will be detoured via KY 786 and KY 305 through the airport area to US 60.

Truck traffic is encouraged to use US 60 between Paducah and Wickliffe. Drivers are also asked to avoid traveling along and through storm damaged area.

This will help reduce traffic congestion and help with storm recovery efforts.