A construction project is underway at the summit of the Kīlauea volcano to repair, enhance, or remove damaged buildings and infrastructure in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, US.
Contractors fenced off Jaggar Museum, the former US Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory buildings at Uēkahuna, and sections of the car park as part of the works.
These structures, damaged during the volcanic events of 2018, are scheduled for demolition in the coming weeks.
To enhance visitor safety and alleviate entrance congestion, Crater Rim Drive will undergo realignment.
This includes the addition of an administrative lane and a new roundabout past the entrance station.
The contract’s duration for the first phase of the Disaster Recovery Project is 600 days, excluding any extensions.
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The Uēkahuna car park has been partially obstructed for the construction project staging area, restricting vehicles longer than 25ft and wider than 8ft beyond Kilauea Military Camp.
Additionally, the Kīlauea Visitor Center’s gravel overflow car park will be secured for construction purposes.
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park superintendent Rhonda Loh said: “Park visitors, tour operators and the community should expect reduced parking, delays at the entrance station, and the potential for temporary area closures, especially if a summit eruption occurs during construction.
“We thank our partners, visitors and the community for their patience during this process.”
The park’s restoration efforts will focus on returning the landscape to its natural state.
The second phase of the Disaster Recovery Project, which includes the rehabilitation of the Kīlauea Visitor Center, is expected to commence in late 2024.