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Road Access

Highway 132 status – Updated Nov. 12, 2019

  • Highway 132 temporary road construction began on June 10, 2019.
  • As of Nov. 12, upper section of Highway 132 (1.6 miles):  Paving with asphalt concrete base course is complete. Shoulder dressing and striping are complete. Sign installation might start this week. 
  • As of Nov. 12, lower section of Highway 132 (1.5 miles): Paving with asphalt concrete base course is complete. Asphalt surface temperatures are being monitored. Highest current temperature reading is about 147 degrees Fahrenheit. Shoulder dressing and striping are complete. Sign installation might start this week.
  • No public access will be permitted on Highway 132 until it is officially inspected, completed and accepted. 

Overview

Lava from the 2018 Kīlauea eruption covered about 13 miles of public roads. Major roads that were inundated include Highway 132, Pohoiki Road and Highway 137. 

  • 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.
  • No schedule or timeline has been determined for Pohoiki Road, Highway 137 and Lighthouse Road.
  • Photogrammetry survey completed for all inundated roads.
  • 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 initial deadline to complete Highway 132 temporary road construction was Oct. 5, 2019, to qualify for 100% FHWA reimbursement. 
  • Due to temperatures that exceed recommended levels for the installation of asphalt-treated base, FHWA approved a 3-month extension for completion, with a revised deadline of Jan. 5, 2020. 

Kilauea Eruption Road Work Sept 2019


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