TMT stalls, Hawaii police to stand down from construction site

The leaders for the fight against the Thirty Meter Telescope and local law enforcement had been communicating with each other but police have been ordered to leave the mountain for now. (FILE PHOTO BY CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM)

A Honolulu Police Department officer looks back while standing in formation along Mauna Kea Access Road on July 17. (CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL/Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

In this file photo from July 19, protesters continue their opposition vigil against the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope at Maunakea. (Bruce Asato/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

The sun sets behind telescopes at the summit of Maunakea on July 14. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

HILO — After more than five months of waiting, the impasse at Maunakea Access Road has seemingly broken, with Gov. David Ige on Thursday reopening the road and withdrawing law enforcement from the mountain.