THE SENATE                           S.R. NO.              43
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO STUDY
    ALTERNATIVES TO THE KEAAU-PAHOA ROAD.



 1        WHEREAS, in recent years, the Puna district on the Big
 2   Island has become one of the fastest growing communities in the
 3   State; and
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 5        WHEREAS, this population boom has taken its toll on Puna's
 6   infrastructure and its ability to provide for the community;
 7   and
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 9        WHEREAS, the Keaau-Pahoa Road is the only thoroughfare in
10   Puna; and
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12        WHEREAS, this small two-lane highway is not meeting the
13   increasing demands of the Puna community; and
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15        WHEREAS, during busy hours, delays of up to three times
16   the normal travel time is not unusual on the Keaau-Pahoa Road;
17   and 
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19        WHEREAS, increased traffic on Keeau-Pahoa Road makes
20   vehicular passing very dangerous resulting in numerous traffic
21   accidents that place the health, safety, and welfare of the
22   community in jeopardy; now, therefore,
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24        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
25   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, that the
26   Department of Transportation is requested to study and
27   recommend alternatives to the Keaau-Pahoa Road; and
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29        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of
30   Transportation is requested to include in the study, a review
31   of the possibility of using Railroad Avenue as an alternative
32   and expanding Highway 130 into a full four-lane highway; and
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34        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of
35   Transportation is requested to report its findings and
36   recommendations to the Legislature twenty days before the
37   convening of the Regular Session of 2000; and
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 1        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this
 2   Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Transportation.
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