HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1357

TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE, 2013

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to adequate highway requirements.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that traffic congestion on the H-1 freeway is listed in some studies as among the worst in the United States. At some times in some sections of the freeway, it is the worst in the nation.

The legislature also finds that environmental impact studies conclude that when all of the housing projects now planned for leeward and central Oahu are fully built, even with rail, traffic flow on the freeway will be reduced to level of service "F" at the majority of studied intersections on the H-1 freeway. Level of service "F" is described as "standstill" and "gridlock".

The legislature further finds that leeward and central Oahu commuters are spending more than one hour each way traveling the roughly twenty miles to and from their workplace, and that Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization studies show that this travel time will increase between one-half hour and one hour in each direction over the next twenty years even with rail.

The negative impact on quality of life of Hawaii's citizens caused by this additional commuting time is unacceptable. It will hurt family life, workplace productive levels, and personal well-being.

SECTION 2. Chapter 264, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"264-   Adequate highway capacity requirement. (a) The transportation system of each county shall provide adequate highway capacity for major peak-hour commuting to work in county business districts.

(b) Beginning on the effective date of this Act, no new subdivision or housing development project shall commence above-ground construction in a county until the director of transportation certifies to the governor that adequate highway capacity exists for major peak-hour commuting to work in the county's business district; provided that adequate capacity shall be at a minimum of level of service D.

(c) For purposes of this section:

"Business district" shall have the same meaning as in section 291C-1.

"Level of service D" means a level of service that approaches unstable flow with tolerable operating speeds being maintained, though considerably affected by changes in operating conditions. At this level of service, drivers have little freedom to maneuver, and comfort and convenience are low; however, these conditions can be tolerated for short periods of time.

"New subdivision or housing development project" means any housing project that has yet to begin above-ground physical construction of housing."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Adequate Highway Capacity Requirement; Highways; Housing

 

Description:

Requires the director of transportation to certify to the governor that adequate highway capacity exists in a county's business district at a minimum of level of service D before any construction of a new subdivision or housing development project can commence in the county.

 

 

 

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