- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - Sen. Brian Schatz, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi say the National Park Service has agreed to accommodate two-way traffic on an alternate route to Puna to prepare for lava flowing over the existing main road to the district.

The officials said Friday the park will re-establish Chain of Craters Road in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to its original width of 22 feet.

Scientists estimate lava from Kilauea volcano could cross Highway 130 in weeks.

Schatz says the decision is a win for Puna residents who need access to the rest of the Big Island. Gabbard says it’s critical to ensure that Chain of Craters Road is rebuilt as soon as possible.

Kenoi says the road will be a lifeline for thousands of residents.

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