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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.R. NO.              
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  RESOLUTION

RELATING TO WAIANAE COAST TRAFFIC PROBLEMS. 


 1       WHEREAS, the Waianae Coast is plagued with numerous traffic
 2   problems, including the lack of an alternative route in times
 3   of emergency, speeding and unsafe drivers, pedestrian safety,
 4   and growing traffic on Farrington Highway due to a growing
 5   Leeward population; and
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 7       WHEREAS, past events such as the non-evacuation of the
 8   Waianae Coast during Hurricane Iwa in 1982, various traffic and
 9   pedestrian fatalities, and a recent hostage standoff have
10   repeatedly brought these issues to the fore; and
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12       WHEREAS, funds have been appropriated by the Legislature to
13   conduct studies and planning solutions to the traffic problems
14   that plague the Waianae Coast; and
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16       WHEREAS, the aforementioned appropriation of funds, most
17   recently $200,000 in 1995 and $1,000,000 in 1998, shows a good
18   faith effort on the part of the Legislature to address these
19   serious problems; and
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21       WHEREAS, half of the 1995 funding lapsed and ninety percent
22   of the 1998 appropriation will lapse at the end of this
23   session; and
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25       WHEREAS, the Department of Transportation and the Governor
26   are hesitant to use these funds to address the problem of an
27   alternate route to the Waianae Coast due to the low
28   prioritization with the Department of Transportation,
29   noninclusion within the Oahu Regional Transportation Plan, the
30   "prohibitive" cost, possible lack of traffic, and social and
31   environmental problems; and
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33       WHEREAS, these issues, including the alternate route to the
34   Waianae Coast, have been voiced for over two decades and only
35   grow worse over time and with neglect; now, therefore,

 
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 2       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
 3   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
 4   of 2000, that this body requests the Department of
 5   Transportation to conduct a comprehensive updated study which
 6   would offer several solutions to the traffic problems on the
 7   Waianae Coast, taking into account the changes on the Waianae
 8   Coast since the last comprehensive study over 20 years ago; and
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10       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this study should determine
11   the feasibility of each proposed solution and address several
12   issues specifically, including: an alternate route to the
13   Waianae Coast; an emergency route to and from the Waianae Coast
14   to be used in times of emergency; speeding and unsafe driving;
15   pedestrian safety; and increasing traffic flow on Farrington
16   Highway due to a growing population on the Leeward side of
17   Oahu; and
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19       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Department of
20   Transportation should report the findings and recommendations
21   of their updated study to the Legislature no later than twenty
22   days before the convening of the Regular Session of 2002; and
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24       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this
25   Resolution be transmitted to the Director of the Department of
26   Transportation and the Governor.
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