Honolulu- Governor Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $21.8 M in capital improvement projects (CIP) for state airports and highways. Projects include allocation of funds for priority projects identified by members of the State Legislature.
Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs J. Kalani English issued this statement in response to the Governor’s release of funds:
“I am very pleased that Governor Abercrombie has released funds identified by the Legislature as key projects for enhancing the safety, capacity and usability of our airports and highways statewide,” said Senator English. “The State of Hawaii’s transportation infrastructure is what connects us, bringing together our Ohana, our local businesses and our travel industry. These appropriations represent new construction jobs and much needed improvements to our roads and airports.”
One of the priority projects announced by the Governor included $ 395,000 for Statewide Bridge inspection and appraisal, in Fiscal Year 2013. These funds were appropriated for the planning for the bridge inspection and appraisal program to determine bridge needs and the prioritization of those needs.
“The recent bridge collapse in Washington demonstrates the importance of investing in the maintenance of our bridges,” said Senator English. “Residents of the State of Hawaii use our bridges every day to get from point A to point B. As Hawaii’s bridges age, it remains vital to invest in their infrastructure so that we can continue to ensure the safety of our traveling public.”
The Governor also announced that the Kahului Airport on Maui will be receiving $4,750,000 in CIP funding. This funding will include construction for repaving a portion of Runway 2-20 to comply with applicable FAA requirements.
“Construction and repaving of the Kahului Airport Runway 2-20 has been long-overdue,” said Senator English, who represents District 7 (Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i and Kaho‘olawe). “I’m extremely thankful that the Governor has approved much needed funding so that the airport can comply with FAA requirements.”
Other CIP funds announced by the Governor include funds for the Honolulu International Airport, Kapalua Airport, Kuhio Highway, Kekaulike Avenue, Castle Hills Access Road, Kalanianaole Highway Drainage Improvements and other important projects.
Posted by Hawaii Senate Majority Caucus