KYTC warns drivers of icy conditions


(KBSI) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet wants to alert the public to icy conditions, particularly on rural secondary highways.

While sunshine Wednesday morning helped to melt ice, it is also created slick driving conditions that may be as bad as they were at the height of the freezing rain and sleet earlier in the week.

The sunshine is causing the surface of accumulated sleet to melt. Cold temperatures are causing it to re-freeze, making roadways particularly treacherous, according to KYTC.

Late morning on Wednesday, there were numerous reports of vehicles sliding off roadways, including several KYTC trucks that were spreading salt.

The icy conditions have generated dozens of calls for tow trucks and forced the closure of several roads, including a section of KY 95 south of Calvert City in Marshall County, a section of KY 1523/Oak Park Boulevard in Calvert City.

Lyon County reports KY 1055 and KY 1671 are closed due to vehicles off the roadway.

McCracken County reports KY 970/Highland Church Road is closed between U.S. 62 and KY 1322/Lovelaceville Road, as well as KY 999/Krebs Station Rd between KY 994/Old Mayfield Road and KY 1954/Husbands Road.

KYTC has received reports of similar issues on some county roads and city streets.

Drivers should be aware that some less-traveled roadways may be slicker Wednesday than they were earlier in the week.

KYTC District 1 urges the public to avoid travel, if possible. If you do venture out, be aware that roadways that have not been salted will be especially treacherous.

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