Entrance Station Repaving Project and Other Improvements Continue at Park
Contact: Jessica Ferracane, (808) 985-6018
Hawaiʻi National Park, HI - A project to repave and repair the road leading in and out of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park will begin Thurs., Nov. 10, while other road and parking lot improvements throughout the park continue.
Starting tomorrow, crews will close one lane into the park while they repair stone curbs, pour concrete drive pads and repair the sidewalk. The lane closest to Kaʻū will be closed until Dec. 7, but vehicles entering the park will be routed through the second inbound lane (the middle lane).
Work on the middle lane is scheduled to begin Dec. 8, and will be closed until early January. From mid to late January, the outbound lane will undergo similar improvements and will be closed. Traffic will be directed out through the middle lane during this time.
In addition, road crews will begin resetting the historic stone shoulders on Crater Rim Drive near the Steam Vents area on Thurs., Nov. 10. They will close the entrances to the Steam Vents parking lot one at a time, and all vehicles are required to enter and exit the parking lot through the open entrance. No large buses or other large vehicles will be able to enter the area because of the limited turn-around space. The Steam Vents project should be completed in 15 days.
Meanwhile, work continues along Crater Rim Drive from Kīlauea Visitor Center to Kīlauea Military Camp, and from the entrance to Devastation Trail, along Chain of Craters Road, and on the Mauna Loa Lookout Road.
All motorists are urged to drive with caution, and to expect delays of up to 15 minutes through construction areas.
"We appreciate everyone's understanding during our much-needed improvement projects," said Superintendent Cindy Orlando. "Once we're done, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park will be an even better place to visit."
Check http://www.nps.gov/havo for updates.
Did You Know?
`A`ali`i (Dodonaea viscosa) is an important shrub with many traditional Hawaiian uses. Its hard and durable wood makes a fine spear. Seed pods are fashioned into beautiful lei, while its red capsules can be boiled to make dye.