STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1366

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2009

 

RE:   H.C.R. No. 82

      H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fifth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2009

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

     Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred H.C.R. No. 82 entitled:

 

"HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION EXPRESSING LEGISLATIVE SUPPORT FOR THE ANE KEOHOKALOLE HIGHWAY EXTENSION, MID-LEVEL ROAD, IN THE COUNTY OF HAWAI‘I,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose of this concurrent resolution is to decrease traffic congestion and increase accessibility to areas in the Kealakehe region of the County of Hawaii by expressing legislative support for the Ane Keohokalole Highway extension, mid-level road.

 

     The Mayor of the County of Hawaii, Department of Transportation, Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL), Hawaii Housing and Finance Development Corporation (HHFDC), The Pacific Resources Partnership, and ForestCity Hawaii testified in support of this measure.

 

     Currently, 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.  This often leads to long delays along both highways.  The extension of Ane Keohokalole Highway will provide an additional route for motorists and relieve the congestion along both of the existing highways.  The extension will also provide access to two major and much-needed affordable housing projects in the area currently being developed by both DHHL and HHFDC which, in turn, will provide short- and long-term employment opportunities for residents of the County of Hawaii.

 

     Your Committee has amended this measure by requesting the agencies involved in the Ane Keohokalole Highway extension to proceed as expeditiously as possible.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.C.R. No. 82, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as H.C.R. No. 82, H.D. 1.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation,

 

 

 

 

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JOSEPH M. SOUKI, Chair