Gov. David Ige and the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory announced on July 10 that construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will begin next week. The Department of Transportation announced lane and road closures associated with large equipment movement that could begin July 15.
TMT will be constructed on Hawaiʻi-managed lands on Maunakea located in the conservation district regulated by the Board of Land and Natural Resources. On June 19, 2019, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) issued a notice to proceed to UH Hilo for the TMT project. The permit was issued after DLNR confirmed the completion of the pre-construction conditions and mitigation measures required of the project in the Conservation District Use Permit.