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Solar telescope construction underway

December 13, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - The construction of the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope atop of Haleakala is underway, with crews transporting equipment through Haleakala National Park daily.

Plans call for taking seven years to finish the "hard construction" of the solar telescope, a joint project of the National Science Foundation and the University of Hawai'i. Work includes hauling large telescope components to the project site.

"The transportation plan took about three years in estimating the time of construction," said site construction supervisor Brett Simison. "And again, it's only an estimate. Construction, as everyone knows, can vary due to weather or problems with construction."

Haleakala National Park Superintendent Matt Brown said that construction activities and deliveries through Haleakala National Park would be confined to daylight hours between 30 minutes after sunrise and 30 minutes before sunset. Slow-moving vehicles and/or larger vehicles cannot travel through the park between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Last month, the land board reaffirmed its approval of a permit for the construction of the solar telescope, but it included a list of operational and building conditions at the behest of the Native Hawaiian groups.



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