PAHOA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than a year after Cemetery Road in Pahoa was buried by lava from the Pu'u O'o vent of Kilauea Volcano, the road is back to normal again.
Since Oct. 5, crews have worked on removing the lava and repaving the 500-foot stretch of roadway near the Pahoa Transfer Station. In addition to sticking to its 40-day timeframe, Hawaii County Department of Public Works said the Cemetery Road restoration project kept to its $150,000 budget, which the Federal Emergency Management Agency helped fund.
The 12-foot, one-lane roadway, which provides an alternate route to Kaohe Homesteads, was the only road taken by the Puna lava flow.
The lava flow crossed Cemetery Road in October 2014.