Extension given for roadwork

HILO (AP) — Hawaii County has received a federal extension to complete reconstruction of a highway that was severely damaged during last year’s Kilauea volcanic eruption.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday that the county Department of Public Works has received three additional months to finish its reconstruction of Highway 132.

The department believes work on the Big Island road will be completed before the new Federal Highway Administration deadline of Jan. 5.

Meeting the deadline will make the project eligible for full federal reimbursement.

The massive volcanic eruption in May 2018 destroyed more than 700 homes and covered portions of the highway.

Officials say roadwork has been slowed by dense lava rock and pockets of extreme heat up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit.