I-81 repaving in New Market area next week

Repaving work on Interstate 81 will make next week a challenge for drivers.

Paving operations on northbound I- 81 in Shenandoah County will require lane and off-ramp closures beginning Monday.

“Contractors will remove the top layer of asphalt and replace it with fresh pavement. In this case, they’ll be working from the Rockingham/Shenandoah county line to the bridge over Route 211. They’ll mill and pave the northbound left and right lane, as well as the deceleration lane and off-ramp at exit 264,” said Ken Slack, spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The work will take place from mile marker 263.9 to 265 in the New Market area.

“It’s time for this section of pavement to be replaced,” Slack said.

Paving of the northbound I-81 off-ramp at exit 264, which is the New Market /Luray area, is scheduled from 10 p.m. Monday  through 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to a  news release from the Transportation Department.

Northbound I-81 motorists will be detoured at exit 257, the Mauzy/Broadway area, where they can follow U.S. 11 north to New Market, according to the statement.

Paving on the northbound I-81 travel lanes will continue through August 15. Drivers can expect alternating lane closures nightly from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., according to the statement.

All work is weather permitting.