Maui volcano site to be under construction

HALEAKALA, Maui -- The top eight miles of the road that leads to the 10,023-foot summit and volcano crater of Haleakala National Park will be under construction through the first week in August.

In the crater area, which is the highlight of the two-hour drive up the volcano, there are two places from which to view the volcano crater: the summit parking lot and the Haleakala Visitors Center.

The summit parking lot is closed and will reopen May 25.

The visitors center and its parking lot will be closed for three weeks beginning the last week in May, depending on construction schedules, according to a National Park Service spokeswoman.

Visitors driving the road on weekdays during the construction period should expect one-hour delays in each direction, the spokeswoman said, adding that two-lane traffic will be restored on weekends.

Bicycles will not be allowed on the eight miles of road during the construction period.

Farther down the road, the Kalahaku Overlook, at 9,324 feet, will be closed during the three months, as well.

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