(BIVN) – Hawaiʻi County officials have quietly updated their Kīlauea Eruption recovery webpage to provide an estimated schedule that includes a goal to construct a temporary road over Highway 132 by “September-October 2019.”
Residents who still have homes and property in the lava-locked areas of Puna have been calling for help to recover the roads that were lost, especially Highway 132, the loss of which impacted a large percentage of those affected by the recent eruption.
In a March 12 “Work In Progress” update posted to the County’s website, officials say they are “preparing road construction permits, surveys, designs and cost estimates” while “aligning timeframes and requirements with FEMA and FHWA.”
The County also says it “sent right of entry letters to landowners abutting Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road to inform them of road construction that may require limited entry on their property.”
In an Estimated Schedule that was also published, and which the County reminds is subject to change, officials listed these dates:
- June-July 2019: complete Light Detection and Ranging (Drone) photogrammetry survey of the lava inundated roads
- August-September 2019: complete permitting requirements for temporary road construction, including but not limited to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Categorial Exclusion (CatEx) permit, Special Management Area (SMA) permit, and a grading permit which will be reviewed by DPW and State Historic Preservation Division.
- August-September 2019: complete design work for road construction
- September-October 2019: construction of Highway 132 temporary road contingent on meeting permit requirements
- December 2019: consultants complete an alternative study comparing and recommending permanent alternatives for Hwy 132 as part of the federally-mandated NEPA process
Several Puna residents who live in areas cutoff by the 2018 eruption of Kīlauea Volcano gathered on March 3 in front of the hardened wall of lava on Highway 132 to share their story with Big Island Video News.
Many of the same residents appeared before the Hawaiʻi County Council on Wednesday in support of recovering the highway home. Big Island Video News will have video of that testimony and discussion.