- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Construction of the Pahoa roundabout will begin by the end of the year and possibly by the end of summer, according to state Department of Transportation officials.

The DOT postponed the $5 million project last year while the June 27 lava flow threatened lower Puna. The flow nearest to Pahoa became inactive in March but is still active near the Pu’u ‘O’o vent, reports the Hawaii Tribune-Herald (https://bit.ly/1de3GbT).

The lava from Kilauea volcano emerged from a vent last June and entered Pahoa October 26, when it crossed a country road at the edge of town. Lava smothered part of a cemetery and burned down a garden shed and a house. It also burned tires, some metal materials and mostly vegetation in its path.

DOT public information officer Tim Sakahara said the agency is working with Isemoto Contracting on setting a start date for the roundabout. The project could get underway by August or September at the earliest, he said.

The roundabout will be at the intersection of Highway 130 and Pahoa Village Road. Construction will last 180 working days, said Sakahara, and highway traffic will be rerouted during that time.

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Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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