2018 Chain of Craters-Kalapana Evacuation Route
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The National Park Service and Hawai‘i Department of Transportation have signed an agreement to prepare the coastal stretch of Chain of Craters-Kalapana Road as an evacuation route through Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park should Highway 130 be cut off by lava from the Kīlauea eruption.

Work began May 30 to remove a 0.7-mile-wide section of solidified lava from the now-defunct 2016-2017 61g lava flow that covered the emergency road. Rough grading and other reconstruction efforts to make the eight-mile length of road passable are expected to take two weeks or less. The route is for evacuation purposes only, and will not be an alternate route for travel to and from the Kalapana area.
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