VDOT to close southbound Exit 251 overnight for repaving on Monday

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (July 12):

After severe thunderstorms delayed VDOT plans to repave southbound Exit 251 on Interstate 81 Thursday night, they've re-scheduled the work.

According to a statement, the work is now scheduled for the night of Monday, July 15, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Just like before, that work will be weather-permitting as well.

Drivers who need to get Route 11 near Exit 251 will instead be re-routed at Exit 257 (Mauzy/Broadway), taking a left on Route 259 and then a right on southbound Route 11 for several miles until reaching the same area.

Signs and message boards along I-81 will alert southbound drivers to the detour.

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Drivers who usually use Exit 251 to leave Interstate 81 overnight should be prepared to take an alternate route and face delays on Thursday night.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is planning to close the southbound off-ramp at Exit 251 from 10 p.m. Thursday night to 5 a.m. Friday morning.

The closure is happening so road crews can repave the area.

Drivers who need to get Route 11 near Exit 251 will instead be re-routed at Exit 257 (Mauzy/Broadway), taking a left on Route 259 and then a right on southbound Route 11 for several miles until reaching the same area.

Signs and message boards along I-81 will alert southbound drivers to the detour.

However, it's all weather-permitting, so severe storms coming through the Shenandoah Valley Thursday evening could cause the work to be postponed until a later time.