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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Begins Rebuilding Roads

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Visitors to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park are being asked to used caution over the next 10 months as a series of projects get underway to reconstruct park roads.

Work began July 11, 2011 on Crater Rim Drive at Jaggar Museum and will proceed back to the park entrance at Highway 11. Parking lots at Jaggar Museum, Steam Vents, Kīlauea Visitor Center and Volcano House are also targeted to receive improved surfaces.

volcano_roadOne lane of traffic will remain open with 15-minute delays anticipated Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Simultaneously, pavement reconstruction will also occur on the first two miles of Mauna Loa Road, including roadways within Tree Molds and Kipukapuaulu picnic area.

Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando expressed her appreciation for visitor patience.

"A lot of noise from heavy equipment is expected, yet we wanted to be sure to time these projects to avoid interfering with the nesting schedule of the endangered Nene," she said. "Visitors are advised to be mindful of slow-moving equipment on the roads and to use caution. Safety is of the highest priority to us."

Roads included in pavement preservation projects include Mauna Loa Road above Kipukapuaulu, extending about two miles up to the first cattle guard as well as the section of Crater Rim Drive that extends from the park entrance to Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) and all of Chain of Craters Road extending from the Devastation Trail parking area to the coast as well as Hilina Pali Road.

These projects are being funded by the Federal Highways Administration and are expected to last 10 months.

Status of the park currently is open, although some closures are in effect.

Activity from the Kamoamoa Eruption has stabilized and the resulting wildland fire has been declared out. At the time of this writing, July 19, 2011, the trail to Napau Crater and campground will be open for visitor access and camping will be permitted.

The area east of Napau Campground and Napau Crater continues to be closed to access due to the hazards from Pu`u `O`o. Kahauale`a, the adjacent state land, is also under a closure order.

Permits are required for overnight and day use. Be aware that high levels of SO2 could occur at anytime. This is a very active area and subject to sudden closure, park rangers caution.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park displays the results of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution - processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with unique ecosystems, and a distinct human culture.

The park highlights two of the world's most active volcanoes, and offers insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and views of dramatic volcanic landscapes.

Created to preserve the natural setting of Kilauea and Mauna Loa, the park is also a refuge for the islands native plants and animals and a link to its human past. Park managers work to protect the resources and promote understanding and appreciation of the park by visitors.

For more information, visit the park's Web site at
http://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm .

 
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