HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Officials on Hawaii's Big Island are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help with solutions for the possibility of lava covering a major highway.
Hawaii County officials say they are asking whether something could be constructed - possibly a temporary span over the flowing lava. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Thursday the county also is looking at the possibility of removing a portion of the highway before the lava arrives, which is estimated to be weeks or more away.
Scientists began warning the public of the approaching lava from Kilauea volcano about a month ago.
Officials worry that if lava covers Highway 130, residents in the Puna district will be cut off from the rest of island.
Workers have been preparing two defunct roads to be used as alternate routes. There are also plans to open a path through a road that has been covered by lava before.