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BOONE, N.C. — A section of the Blue Ridge Parkway will be closed for two months this winter for repairs.

According to a press release, the parkway will be closed starting Nov. 6 and is expected to reopen around Jan. 1, 2014, depending on weather.

The parkway will be closed from Milepost 270 to Milepost 281, in order to make repairs to a bridge that crosses Highway 421 in Boone.

A detour will be signed from Milepost 270, at Phillips Gap north of the bridge to Milepost 281 at the Old U.S. 421/221 access.

Critical repairs are being made to granite retaining walls and bridge abutments.

Visitors are asked to be aware of closure gates and detour signs in the area.