HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.C.R. NO.

82

TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2009

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

 

EXPRESSING LEGISLATIVE SUPPORT FOR THE ANE KEOHOKALOLE HIGHWAY EXTENSION, MID-LEVEL ROAD, IN THE COUNTY OF HAWAII.

 

 


WHEREAS, the Department of Transportation has identified the Ane Keohokalole Highway extension, mid-level road as a priority project; and

 

WHEREAS, the Ane Keohokalole Highway extension project is being coordinated with the County of Hawaii, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation; and

 

WHEREAS, the project involves a $15 million procurement request to construct an extension of Ane Keohokalole Highway including new roadways, relocation and construction of new utilities, and other improvements; and

 

WHEREAS, the existing north-south traffic between the primary employment centers of South Kohala and South Kona is limited to the two arterial corridors of Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Mamalahoa Highway, which leads to long delays along both highways; and

 

WHEREAS, the Ane Keohokalole Highway extension is a mid-level road project that will help reduce traffic congestion in the Kealekehe region by providing an alternative to the presently existing routes; and

 

WHEREAS, the Ane Keohokalole Highway extension will provide direct access to two major affordable housing projects, which would allow residents to purchase affordable homes being developed by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (Villages of LaI Opua, more than 700 homes) and Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation (Keahuolu project, 2,200 homes); and

 

WHEREAS, together, the two housing projects will help meet the need for affordable housing in the North Kona area, and simultaneously provide construction jobs to stimulate the Big Island economy; and

 

WHEREAS, the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation project alone is projected to generate $500 million in construction-related wages while providing affordable houses; and

 

WHEREAS, a petition has been signed by over 450 people over a four-day period in support of the Ane Keohokalole Highway extension project; now, therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-fifth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2009, the Senate concurring, that the Legislature expresses support for the Ane Keohokalole Highway extension project and requests the agencies involved in this project to proceed as expeditiously as possible; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Governor, Director of Transportation, Chairperson of the Hawaiian Home Lands Commission, Executive Director of the Hawaii Housing and Finance Development Corporation, and Mayor of the County of Hawaii.

Report Title:

Ane Keohokalole; Support