Title 12, Chapter 3, Section 319
(a) The State Transportation Board, or its successors, and the
Department of Transportation are authorized to make such studies and
estimates in connection with the location and relocation of
highways, roads, streets, and rights of way in connection with the
islands, whether within or without the islands, as may be necessary
to the location or relocation of any roads, streets, or highways
within or without the islands. The board and the department may, at
the expense of the department, locate or relocate such roads,
streets, and highways so as to conform to the plan of the authority
for the development and improvement of the islands.
(b) The authority may grant rights of way and easements for highways
and roads within the islands to the Department of Transportation,
and the department is authorized and empowered to lay out,
construct, improve, and maintain any such roads and rights of way.
The cost of any such undertaking shall be deemed to be a proper and
legitimate expense of the department.
(c) The State Transportation Board, or its successors, and the
Department of Transportation are empowered to acquire, in any manner
now permitted by law, real property, any interest therein, or rights
of way for the location and relocation of highways and roads located
in proximity to the islands and are authorized and empowered to
expend any funds available to such board or such department for the
purpose of such locating and relocating, and for constructing,
improving, and maintaining any such highways and roads. The cost of
any such undertaking shall be deemed a proper and legitimate expense
of such board or such department.