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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            S.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION
ENCOURAGING ALTERNATIVE ACCESS ROUTES TO MAJOR COMMUNITIES
   CURRENTLY SERVED BY A SINGLE ACCESS ROADWAY.



 1       WHEREAS, motorists traveling along single access roads to
 2   and from major communities frequently face heavy traffic
 3   volumes and high frequency of accidents, especially during the
 4   morning and evening rush hours; and
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 6       WHEREAS, the traffic congestion along these roadways
 7   results in not only delays and scheduling inconveniences for
 8   motorists, but also contributes to serious health and safety
 9   hazards, such as air pollution and traffic accidents; and
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11       WHEREAS, it has been shown that traffic congestion causes
12   up to sixty percent of traffic incidents, including vehicle
13   crashes, stalled vehicles, and spilled loads, or other
14   unplanned events which can shutdown single access roadways; and
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16       WHEREAS, when an emergency shutdown, such as the Pacific
17   Palisades shoot out in 1998, occurs on single access roadways,
18   affected motorists are unable to commute between their homes
19   and schools, the work place, hospitals, and banks; and
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21       WHEREAS, there are serious community concerns regarding the
22   vulnerability of these single access roadways to complete
23   emergency shutdowns, which can literally cripple an entire
24   community; and
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26       WHEREAS, one way to reduce traffic congestion and minimize
27   the effects of emergency shutdowns to and from these
28   communities is to create alternative access routes; and
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30       WHEREAS, single access roads not only inconvenience and
31   endanger Hawaii's kama'ainas, but also threatens the safety of
32   Hawaii visitors who sightsee and travel along these types of
33   roads, particularly to and from major resort areas, such as
34   Ka'anapali; and
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36       WHEREAS, alternative access routes can alleviate the
37   health, safety, and welfare hazards for a significant number of

 
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 1   Hawaii's motorists who depend on single access roadways; now,
 2   therefore,
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 4       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
 5   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
 6   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that the State Department of
 7   Transportation and the county governments are encouraged to
 8   consider alternative access routes to major communities
 9   currently served by a single access roadway; and
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11       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
12   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of
13   Transportation and the Chairperson of each county council.
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