Akita Expressway

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Akita Expressway
秋田自動車道
Route information
Length: 143.6 km (89.2 mi)
Akita Sotokanjō Expressway: 9.5 km (5.9 mi)[1]
Kotooka Noshiro Road: 33.8 km (21.0 mi)[2]
Existed: 1991[3] – present
Major junctions
From: Kitakami Junction in Kitakami, Iwate
Japan road sign 325.svg Tōhoku Expressway
To: Futatsui-Shirakami Interchange in Noshiro, Akita
Japan road sign 325.svg Nihonkai Engan Tōhoku Expressway
Japanese National Route Sign 0007.svg National Route 7
Akita Prefectural Route 317
Location
Major cities: Yokote, Daisen, Akita
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan

The Akita Expressway (秋田自動車道 Akita Jidōsha-dō?) is a national expressway in the Tōhoku region of Japan. It is owned and operated by East Nippon Expressway Company.

Overview[edit]

The expressway begins at a junction with the Tōhoku Expressway in Iwate Prefecture and crosses into Akita Prefecture to the west. The route intersects the Yuzawa-Yokote Road in Yokote and the Nihonkai-Tōhoku Expressway in the Akita city area. From this junction, the route follows a northerly course parallel to the Japan Sea to its terminus with National Route 7 in Noshiro.

The entire route is signed as the Akita Expressway for consistency purposes, however two separate sections of the route are officially designated as the Akita Sotokanjō Expressway and Kotooka Noshiro Road (both bypasses of National Route 7). These sections are not classified as national expressways but rather as national highways for motor vehicles only with national expressway concurrency (高速自動車国道に並行する一般国道自動車専用道路 Kōsoku Jidōsha Kokudō ni Heikōsuru Ippan Kokudō Jidōsha Senyō Dōro?).[4]

The route of the expressway is planned to eventually continue past the current terminus at Futatsui-Shirakami Interchange as the Nihonkai Engan Tōhoku Expressway towards a junction with the Tōhoku Expressway near Aomori Prefecture,[4][5] however it is unknown if the naming of the sections that are currently open will change upon completion of that expressway.

The section between Hachiryū Interchange and Futatsui-Shirakami Interchange is toll-free;[2] all other sections assess tolls based on distance travelled in the same manner as most other national expressways.

Official designations[edit]

  • Kitakami JCT - Akita-kita IC : Tōhoku Ōdan Expressway Kamaishi Akita Route[4]
  • Akita-kita IC - Shōwa-Ogahantō IC : Akita Sotokanjō Expressway[6]
  • Shōwa-Ogahantō IC - Kotooka-Moritake IC : Nihonkai Tōhoku Engan Expressway[4]
  • Kotooka-Moritake IC - Futatsui-Shirakami IC : Kotooka Noshiro Road[2]

List of interchanges and features[edit]

No. Name Connections Dist. from
Origin
Dist. from
Terminus
Bus Stop Notes Speed Limit Lanes Location
(37) Kitakami JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Tōhoku Expressway 0.0 186.7 70 km/h Two Kitakami Iwate
1 Kitakami-nishi IC Pref. Route 47 (Kitakami-nishi Inter Route)
Pref. Route 225 (Kitakami Waga Route)
8.7 178.0
TN Waga-Sennin Tunnel Length - 3,776 m
Nishiwaga
SA Kinshūko SA 21.4 165.3
2 Yuda IC Japanese National Route Sign 0107.svg National Route 107 30.3 156.4
TN Sannai Tunnel Length - 2,440 m Yokote Akita
PA Sannai PA 41.0 145.7
BS Sannai Bus Stop 43.2 143.5
3 Yokote IC/JCT Japanese National Route Sign 0013.svgJapan road sign 325.svg Yuzawa-Yokote Road
Japanese National Route Sign 0013.svg National Route 13
50.6 136.1
80 km/h Four
BS Hiraka Bus Stop 52.7 134.0
BS Asahi Bus Stop 57.6 129.1
70 km/h Two
BS Kakumagawa Bus Stop 65.8 120.9 Daisen
BR Omonogawa Bridge Omono River crossing
Length - 549 m
Yokote
PA Ōmori PA 68.9 117.8
Daisen
4 Ōmagari IC Japanese National Route Sign 0105.svg National Route 105
Japanese National Route Sign 0105.svgJapan road sign 325.svg Ōmagari Nishi Road
71.5 115.2
80 km/h Four
BS Nangai Bus Stop 78.3 108.4
4-1/SA Nishisenboku IC/
SA
88.0 98.7 IC: Open 06:00-22:00
BR Omonogawa Bridge Omono River crossing
5 Kyōwa IC Japanese National Route Sign 0341.svg National Route 341 95.4 91.3
5-1 Kawabe JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Nihonkai-Tōhoku Expressway 103.8 82.9 Akita
6 Akita-minami IC Japanese National Route Sign 0013.svg National Route 13 106.7 80.0
70 km/h Two
7 Akita-chūō IC Pref. Route 62 (Akita Kitanoda Route) 113.7 73.0
PA Taiheizan PA 117.9 68.8
8 Akita-kita IC Pref. Route 72 (Akita-kita Inter Route) 122.9 63.8
9 Shōwa-Ogahantō IC Japanese National Route Sign 0007.svg National Route 7
Japanese National Route Sign 0101.svg National Route 101
132.4 54.3
10 Gojōme-
Hachirōgata IC
Pref. Route 15 (Akita Hachirōgata Route) 143.5 43.2 Gojōme
SA Hachirōko SA 150.4 36.3 Mitane
11/TB Kotooka-Moritake IC/TB Pref. Route 37 (Kotooka Kamikoani Route) 153.1 33.6
12 Hachiryū IC Japanese National Route Sign 0007.svg National Route 7 166.1 20.6
13 Noshiro-minami IC Japanese National Route Sign 0007.svg National Route 7 170.2 16.5 Noshiro
14 Noshiro-higashi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0007.svg National Route 7
Pref. Route 64 (Noshiro Futatsui Route)
176.7 10.0
15 Futatsui-
Shirakami IC
Japanese National Route Sign 0007.svg National Route 7
Pref. Route 317 (Nishimeya Futatsui Route)
186.7 0.0
Through to Japan road sign 325.svg Nihonkai Engan Tōhoku Expressway (Planned)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "E-NEXCO Expressway Data". Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hokuu Shinhō, August 12, 2007". Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  3. ^ "History of Akita City". Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  4. ^ a b c d Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. "High Standard Trunk Road Map" (pdf). Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  5. ^ "E-NEXCO Planned Routes". Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  6. ^ "E-NEXCO Drive Plaza Route Search". Archived from the original on 13 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 

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