Bill Introduced to Bring $65 Million for Capital Improvements Projects to Puna Area

Senator Russell Ruderman has introduced Senate Bill 377 that would bring over $65 million dollars for capital improvement projects to the Puna District.

Senate Bill 377

Senate Bill 377 (Click to Read)

SECTION 1.  The director of finance is authorized to issue general obligation bonds in the sum of $67,550,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary, and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary is appropriated for fiscal year 2013-2014 for the purpose of capital improvement projects for the second senatorial district, as follows:

1.   Traffic Signal at the Pahoa Bypass/Post Office Road Intersection – Plans, design, construction, materials, and equipment    $2,000,000

Total funding                              $2,000,000

2.   Albizia Tree Control in Hawaii County – Funding to Hawaii Island Invasive Species Council

Total funding                                $200,000

3.   Pohoiki Swimming Area, Puna TMK (3) 1‑4-002:008 – Planning, feasibility, engineering, and initial design to develop a safe swimming area at Pohoiki Boat Ramp and Isaac Hale Beach Park     $250,000

Total funding                                $250,000

4.   Hawaiian Paradise Park Elementary School, Phase I -Plans, design, and construction $20,000,000

Total funding                             $20,000,000

5.   Puna Medical Center Emergency Room – Plans and design                   $100,000

Total funding                                $100,000

6.   Pahoa Wastewater Treatment Plant – Plans, design, and construction $15,000,000

Total funding                             $15,000,000

7.   Highway 130 Improvements – Department of Transportation – Widening of the highway and other improvements     $25,000,000

Total funding                             $25,000,000

8.   Puna Makai Alternate Route – Emergency Route on the Old Railroad Easement – Plans and design for an alternate route connecting Puna to Hilo          $5,000,000

Total funding                              $5,000,000


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