Kea’au, Hawaii– The final Environmental Assessment for the Keaau-Pahoa Road Improvement Project will be presented to the Puna community this evening (Monday, May 23rd).
The Highway 130 Keaau Pahoa Advisory Group (KPAG) will join representatives from SSFM International and interested residents at the Keaau Elementary School cafeteria in order to go over the final EA for the project.
The highway is considered one of the most congested and dangerous roads on the island. Most recently, a 61-year-old woman from Oregon died (May 19) from injuries she received in a motor vehicle/motorcycle crash at the intersection of Route 130 and Ainaloa Boulevard. One of many tragic accidents along the only highway connecting Puna makai to Hilo.
Tonight, there will be an Open House at the Keaau school from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in order for the community to talk story before the formal presentation, which starts at 6:30 p.m.
FILE VIDEO – Public comments on Highway 130 EA
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On Tuesday, June 29th, residents of Puna voiced their opinion on the planned State Highway 130 project.
The comments were offered during a hearing at Keaau Elementary School, as a part of the draft environmental assessment that has been released for massive improvements to the highway.
Damon Tucker, well known Puna area blogger who also served on KPAG, has been following the process closely and has released the final EA on his website (http://damontucker.com/2011/05/20/final-highway-130-environmental-assessment-released/)
Tucker has also documented the ongoing traffic dangers on the busy highway, on this “Highway 130 Wrecks” page.