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                               Public Information Division
                               Department of Customer Services
                               City & County of Honolulu
                               523-4385 (www.co.honolulu.hi.us/)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2002 

CITY RECEIVES MAJOR IMPROVED ROADWAYS AT BARBERS POINT NAVAL AIR STATION 

          Mayor Jeremy Harris today accepted on behalf of the City more than 7 miles of improved roadways formerly owned by the Navy at the Barbers Point Naval Air Station. 

     "I am pleased these roads have been transferred to our city because this will continue to ensure needed public access to and through the area, said the Mayor. 

          The Navy conveyed a total of 17 miles of roads and roadway rights-of-way on February 27 to the Barbers Point Naval Air Station Redevelopment Commission, which had leased the roadways since the based closed on July 1, 1999 to enable public access through the area. 
          By mutual agreement, the Commission transfers 7.7 miles of roadways to the City and 9.3 miles to the State Department of Transportation, which has agreed to improve the roads it receives to city standards before transfering permanent ownership to the City within 10 years. 
          Roosevelt Road, which is included in this transfer, has become especially important to area residents as an alternative route to heavily congested Fort Weaver Road, between Ewa and Kapolei and to the H-1 Freeway.  Rush hour traffic on Roosevelt Road has more than tripled since the base closed in 1999. 
          The City will receive, operate and maintain the following roadways, under the transfer:  Saratoga, Midway, Boxer, Copahee, Shangrila, White Plains, Yorktown, Tripoli, Hornet, Independence and Lexington. 

          The State Department of Transportation will operate and maintain the following roadways:  Enterprise, Rooelt,sev Coral Sea and West Perimeter Road.

           The roadway conveyances are part of a larger transfer of land as a result of the base closing.  State and City agencies will get more than 2,100 acres in what is now called the Kalaeloa Community Development District, including a stretch of shoreline that is longer than Waikiki Beach.

 

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Tuesday, July 09, 2002

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