(BIVN) – The community was given an important update on lower Puna access and emergency routes during a public meeting in Pahoa Tuesday evening.
Just hours before the meeting, lava from Fissure 8 in Leilani Estates covered Highway 132, leaving Kapoho with only Beach Road to get in and out of Vacationland and Beach Lots. As of the posting of this video, Beach Road appears to be threatened by the same fast moving lava flow.
On the western side of lower Puna, the State Department of Transportation has maintained Highway 130, and hopes to get to work on Chain of Craters Road on Wednesday, after an agreement is finalized with the National Park Service.
Don Smith, the Hawaii Island district engineer for DOT, says they are also working on a deal that could open up an alternative north-south route through Ala’ili Road off Highway 130. Hawaii DOT already transported heavy equipment through Waikoloa Rd. to Kalapana for use on the evacuation routes.