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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park plans more closures for improvements

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(BIVN) – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park announced Friday that there were more park roads, parking lots and trails to be temporarily closed as pavement preservation work continues in the coming weeks.

From the National Park Service:

New temporary closures slated to begin Monday May 24 include the Nāhuku area (Thurston Lava Tube and trail) and Mauna Ulu parking lot.

Other upcoming temporary closures include Crater Rim Trail between KÄ«lauea Overlook and Kilauea Military Camp, Pauahi and Puhimau Crater parking lots, KÄ«lauea Iki Overlook and Devastation Trail.

There will be more road, parking lot and trail closures in the coming months, not listed above. The whole project is expected to be completed in October.

Pavement preservation is necessary to maintain and preserve roads, and includes patchwork such as repairing potholes, uplifts and depressions. Some areas are repaved, while others are treated with a durable sealer.

The National Park Service reminds visitors and tour operators that they can plan ahead using the HVNP website. Officials say the rainy weather could force last-minute changes.