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Hawaii council wants to borrow money for alternative roads

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii County Council has voted in favor of borrowing up to $20 million to pay for emergency road work coping with the Puna lava flow.

The projects would create alternate routes for residents if lava crosses Highway 130, currently the only route in and out of the Puna district.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the projects are eligible for 75 percent reimbursement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Finance Director Deanna Sako says she hopes to hear soon from FEMA regarding federal assistance.

The council must vote on the general obligation bonds once more to approve them.

The money would cover building Railroad Avenue and improvements to Government Beach Road. It would also cover the reconstruction of a route from Kalapana into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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