REPORT TITLE:
Saddle Road


DESCRIPTION:
Authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds for the
repair, upgrading, and reconstruction of Saddle Road, Hawaii.
(SD1)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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THE SENATE                              S.B. NO.           S.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                     
STATE OF HAWAII                                                 
                                                             
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                     A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT

RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.



BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that Hawaii island is
 
 2 comprised of a four-thousand square mile land-mass, with isolated
 
 3 urban and rural areas around the island.  These isolated
 
 4 communities are connected by perimeter two-lane highways built in
 
 5 the early part of the twentieth century and modified since that
 
 6 time.  
 
 7      The Saddle Road is the most direct route connecting Hilo and
 
 8 Kona, the two urban centers on Hawaii island.  Built in the
 
 9 1940's, there are sections of the road that have inadequate sight
 
10 distances, substandard horizontal and vertical alignments,
 
11 substandard pavement and shoulder widths, and narrow lateral
 
12 clearances.
 
13      The Federal Highway Administration has assisted the State by
 
14 conducting studies on improving the Saddle Road.  A comprehensive
 
15 Environmental Impact Study has been prepared and is in the
 
16 process of being approved.  This study responds to many issues
 
17 including socio-cultural, native Hawaiian, environmental, and
 
18 technical concerns.
 
19      The purpose of this Act is to authorize the issuance of
 

 
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 1 general obligation bonds and make an appropriation for the
 
 2 improvement of the Saddle Road in order to accommodate the
 
 3 cross-island transportation needs of Hawaii island. 
 
 4      SECTION 2.  The director of finance is authorized to issue
 
 5 general obligation bonds in the sum of $          , or so much
 
 6 thereof as may be necessary, and the same sum, or so much thereof
 
 7 as may be necessary, is appropriated for fiscal year 1999-2000
 
 8 for the repair, upgrading, and reconstruction of Saddle Road,
 
 9 Hawaii; provided that the county of Hawaii reimburse the State
 
10 for the cost of issuing the general obligation bonds no later
 
11 than July 1, 2000.
 
12      SECTION 3.  The appropriation made for the capital
 
13 improvement project authorized in this Act shall not lapse at the
 
14 end of the fiscal year for which the appropriation is made;
 
15 provided that all moneys from the appropriation that are
 
16 unencumbered as of June 30, 2002, shall lapse as of that date.
 
17      SECTION 4.  The sum appropriated shall be expended by the
 
18 county of Hawaii for the purpose of this Act.
 
19      SECTION 5.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 1999.