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NELSON COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) – Several sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway will be repaved this summer, including portions in Nelson County.

According to the National Park Service, more than 38 miles of parkways in Virginia are being repaved as part of a road maintenance program.

Work is scheduled to begin this week and continue into September, meaning users of the expressway will likely encounter active construction sites with short, single-lane closures.

Work will occur between mileposts 27.3 and 37.6 (Whetstone Ridge/Montebello), mileposts 64.6 and 86.2 (James River to Peaks of Otter), and mileposts 89.1 and 97.2 (Powell Gap to Taylors Mountain Overlook).

Drivers are asked to check the Parkway website for alerts and current conditions and to view current information on construction sites.

The construction work will take place from Monday to Friday. The road closures will be monitored by emergency services and an escort vehicle.

A speed reduction applies in all construction sites.

The park service explains that contractors will work in short intervals, repeating their approach as they move from one section of the project to the next.

The Blue Ridge Parkway includes the 469-mile scenic route as well as bridges, tunnels, parking lots, spur roads, service roads, campgrounds and picnic areas.

Pavement conservation is a strategy for road maintenance in the national parks and is funded by the Highway Trust Fund.

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