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The State and County pushing to get Highway 130 open as soon as possible

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Hawaii County road crews driving over their latest work.

Patches of steel plates cover cracks along Highway 130.
 
In some areas steam can be seen coming out of cracks on the sides of the road.
Some of those cracks are reported to be up to two feet wide.
 
Both the State and county pushed to get Highway 130 open as soon as it could due to lava creeping closer to area's two alternate routes.
 
We were told Highway 130 appears to be stable and the State Department of Transportation says it will have a crew on-site everyday monitoring the situation.
"We're trying to stay three steps ahead of the situation so if any of the routes get cut off, we'll have others established. 130 was cut off for a little while so we made sure that 137 to 132 worked. If 137 gets cut off we wanted to re-establish 130. If all three routes get cut off, we move to chain of craters," Deputy Director of the Hawaii Department of Transportation said. 
 The County is expected to keep two lanes of traffic open from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. as long as conditions allow.
"Everyday we're just assessing every hour we are assessing the situation and we are going to do everything we can to mitigate the situation and try to keep everybody safe as much as possible," Okabe said.
 
 Highway 130 is one of three routes in and out of Lower Puna.
 
Highway 132 to 137 has been the alternate route for nearly two weeks.
The County tells us it plans to pave about 4 miles of highway 137 on Wednesday.
Keeping the area's roads open is one of Mayor Harry Kim's top priorities.
"The Mayor is really looking at trying to balance out this emergency with quality of life. He knows some people want to stay in the area and he is committed to having them there as long as its safe," Sniffen said.

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