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Mauna Kea's summit access road, visitor's center remain closed indefinitely

Rocks were placed on the road leading to the summit of Mauna Kea to block TMT construction crews access (Image source: University of Hawaii) Rocks were placed on the road leading to the summit of Mauna Kea to block TMT construction crews access (Image source: University of Hawaii)
MAUNA KEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The boulders and rock structures that were found on the gravel road leading to the summit of Mauna Kea were removed Thursday.

A statement from Governor Ige's office says The Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM) worked collaboratively with volunteers to ensure the rocks were safely and properly cleared from the roadway. The state continues to assess and monitor the situation to ensure the safety of the people on Mauna Kea.

The road has been temporarily closed until further notice.

The Mauna Kea Visitors Center is also closed until further notice, according to the governor.

PHOTOS: Hundreds protest TMT construction

Protesters began lining up early Wednesday morning to prevent construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the on the summit of Mauna Kea. A total of 11 people were arrested, and the TMT crews made it about 1.5 miles up the seven-mile road before turning around after large rocks were tossed into the roadway.

In all, more than 700 people gathered to stand in what they say is protection of a sacred Native Hawaiian space.

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