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Road Access

Highways 132, 137, and Pohoiki Road

Overview

The County is making progress toward reopening Highway 132, which was inundated by lava during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption.

  • The near-term goal is to reestablish access over a temporary road to homes and farms in the kipuka (land isolated by recent lava flows) along Highway 132, including connections to Government Beach Road and Lighthouse Road at Four Corners.
  • No schedule or timeline has been determined for Pohoiki Road and Highway 137 and Lighthouse Road.
  • Work such as the photogrammetry survey was completed for all inundated roads; however, 132-related data analysis will be prioritized.
  • Both temporary and permanent routes are being evaluated, with guidance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and State regulatory agencies to ensure the County meets all necessary permitting and reimbursement requirements.
  • The Department of Public Works (DPW) is working to complete temporary road construction before October 5, 2019 to qualify for 100% FHWA reimbursement.

Work In Progress & Complete - Updated June 20, 2019

  • Complete: Receipt of survey work data for roadway designs and cost estimates.
  • Complete: Field work for Light Detection and Ranging (Drone) photogrammetry survey of the lava inundated roads.
  • Complete: Permitting requirements for temporary road construction, including 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.
  • In Progress: Aligning time-frames and requirements with FEMA and FHWA.
  • In Progress: Temporary road construction began on June 10, 2019.
  • Required: Property owners responses to the previously sent right of entry letters; for properties abutting Highway 132 and Pohoiki Road that may require limited entry on their property for road construction.

Estimated Schedule (Subject to Change)

  • Fourth Quarter: Consultants complete an Alternative Study comparing and recommending permanent alternatives for Highway 132 as part of the federally-mandated NEPA process.
  • May-September 2019: Receipt of survey work data for road construction design completion.
  • June-October 2019: Construction of Highway 132 temporary road.

 

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