Striping Work Completed on Highway 132
The Department of Public Works requested and received a three-month extension from the Federal Highway Administration to complete the road restoration of Highway 132 after it was damaged during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. Roadwork is expected to be completed by Jan. 5, 2020.
DPW posted an update on its Facebook page showing a video of striping being done on the roadway as well as provided a breakdown of the project. The reconstruction was originally set to be complete by Oct. 5, 2019 in order to qualify for 100% reimbursement from FHWA. DPW expects to complete all emergency temporary road repairs including grading of roadway and shoulders, asphalt concrete base, striping, markers, and signage by this new deadline ensuring that the County will remain eligible for reimbursement.
The upper section reconstruction runs from Puna Geothermal Venture to the kīpuka, a length of approximately 1.6 miles. Paving with asphalt concrete base course is complete. Shoulder dressing is complete. Striping work is also finished.
Signage may start this week.
The lower section of Highway 132’s reconstruction runs from the kīpuka to Four Corners (Highway 137) a length of about 1.5 miles. Work was also done from Highway 137 to the start of where the lava hit the highway, a length of 0.2 miles.
Paving is complete. Asphalt surface temperatures are being monitored are still above recommended temperatures for traffic. Highest current reading is about 147 degrees.
Shoulder dressing is complete, striping is also finished and signage may start this week.
DPW is deferring to restore Pohoiki Road and other lava inundated county roads until FEMA approval and funding obligation process is complete and consistency with recovery planning has been established.