STAND. COM. REP. NO. 21

                                   Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  S.B. No. 392
                                        




Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Sir:

     Your Committee on Transportation and Intergovernmental
Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 392 entitled: 

     "A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION,"

begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this measure is to authorize the issuance of
general obligation bonds for the repair, upgrading, and
reconstruction of Saddle Road, Hawaii.

     Testimony in support of this bill was submitted by the
Department of Transportation.

     Your Committee finds that the Saddle Road is the most direct
route connecting Hilo and Kona, the two urban centers on the
island of Hawaii.  However, because it was built in the 1940's
there are sections of the road that have inadequate sight
distances, substandard horizontal and vertical alignment,
substandard pavement and shoulder widths, and narrow lateral
clearances.

     The Federal Highway Administration has assisted the State by
conducting studies on improving Saddle Road.  These studies
respond to many issues including socio-cultural, native Hawaiian,
environmental, and technical concerns which have been raised.
Because these issues have been addressed, your Committee finds
the bill necessary in easing the commuting difficulties on the
island of Hawaii.


 
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     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Transportation and Intergovernmental Affairs that is
attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the
intent and purpose of S.B. No. 392 and recommends that it pass
Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Ways and
Means.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Transportation
                                   and Intergovernmental Affairs,



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                                   CAL KAWAMOTO, Chair

 
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