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Repairs to Eruption-Damaged Roads in VNP to Begin February

January 8, 2020, 6:00 AM HST
* Updated January 7, 3:56 PM
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A Hawai‘i-based construction company was awarded the contract to repair roads and paved trails damaged during Kīlauea Volcano’s 2018 eruption and summit collapse.

The news is a big step toward restoring visitor access to sections of the park that have been closed for public safety since May 2018, including Crater Rim Drive and Crater Rim Trail between Kilauea Military Camp and Kīlauea Overlook. Waldron Ledge and Crater Rim Trail (aka “Earthquake Trail”) between Volcano House and Kīlauea Iki will also be repaired and reopened.

Other areas slated for repair include the five-mile section of Hilina Pali Road from Kulanaokuaiki Campground to Hilina Pali Overlook currently closed to vehicles, the road to the park’s water catchment system, pavement near the entrance station, and Chain of Craters Road.

Jas W. Glover, Ltd. will begin no later than mid-February 2020, and is expected to be complete the work this summer. The contract amount is $3,298,800, with monies coming from the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief for Federally Owned (ERFO) roads and trails fund, Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019, and the Federal Lands Transportation Program.

Extended closures of Chain of Craters Road below Puhimau Crater parking area and Hilina Pali Road of up to three weeks are anticipated during the work, but specific dates have not been set. All repair-related closures in the park will be communicated to the public in advance.

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“We’re very excited to see this project moving forward. There’s been a lot of planning and preparation to get to this point,” said Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Acting Superintendent, Rhonda Loh. “When complete, the road and trail repairs will restore access to some truly spectacular views and unique backcountry experiences. We thank the public for their patience as we continue with park disaster recovery efforts,” she said.

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Additional disaster recovery continues in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park which sustained significant damage from the 60,000 earthquakes that shook Kīlauea between April 30 and Aug. 4, 2018. The park’s recovery progress is regularly updated on the park website at https://www.nps.gov/havo/recovery.htm.

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