After cracks widen on Highway 130, county officials prepare for Plan B

PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state and Hawaii County are preparing an alternate route to Puna in case Kilauea eruptions cut off Highway 130.

The highway is closed between Highway 132 and Old Kalapana Road until further notice, after cracks in the road appeared at mile-markers 14.4 and 14.6. Officials fear that the cracks, which widened over the weekend, could be related to potential fissures near Leilani Estates.

DOT and County officials announced on Monday that the alternate route will be established to ensure access to the Kalapana and Kaimu areas in the event the cracking on Highway 130 worsens, putting drivers at risk.

The current route plans include preparing the unpaved portion of Highway 137 that extends north of Highway 132 to Makuu Drive in Hawaiian Paradise Park.

"The state is committed to taking the preemptive and protective actions necessary for the safety and welfare of Puna residents during this eruption of Kilauea," said Gov. David Ige, in a news release.

"I will continue to direct our state agencies to support the County of Hawaii as they work to provide access, information, and shelter to the thousands of residents in Leilani Estates and the surrounding areas."

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