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|Length:||212.7 km (132.2 mi)|
|Existed:||1990 – present|
|From:||Iwaki Junction in Iwaki, Fukushima
|To:||Niigata-Chūō Interchange in Niigata, Niigata
Niigata Prefectural Route 16
Niigata Prefectural Route 290
|Major cities:||Tamura, Kōriyama, Motomiya, Aizuwakamatsu, Agano, Gosen|
|National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan
The name Ban-etsu (磐越) is a kanji acronym consisting of characters found in the former names of the provinces linked by the expressway. Iwaki Province (磐城) consists of the eastern part of present-day Fukushima Prefecture, and Echigo Province (越後) consists of present-day Niigata Prefecture.
Officially the expressway is referred to as the Tōhoku-Ōdan Expressway Iwaki Niigata Route.
The expressway commences at a junction with the Jōban Expressway in Iwaki, Fukushima and follows a northwesterly course to the city of Kōriyama, where it intersects with the Tōhoku Expressway. The expressway continues its course through the historic Aizu region, with Mount Bandai viewable to the north and Lake Inawashiro viewable to the south. The route then enters Niigata Prefecture and eventually terminates at a junction in Niigata City with the Hokuriku Expressway and Nihonkai-Tōhoku Expressway.
The first section of the expressway was opened to traffic in 1990 and the entire route was completed in 1997. The route was originally 2 lanes only, one in each direction. However expansion to two lanes in each direction has proceeded gradually over the years. Expansion of the eastern half (between Iwaki Junction and Kōriyama Junction) was completed in 2009.
All service areas along the route feature restaurants and shops (there are also shops at Gobyakugawa Parking Area). There are 24-hour gas stations at Abukumakōgen Service Area and Bandaisan Service Area. There is a 24-hour FamilyMart convenience store at Aganogawa Service Area (Niigata-bound only). Saiso Parking Area and Miharu Parking Area feature vending machines and toilets, while all other parking areas have only toilets.
List of interchanges and features
- IC - interchange, SIC - smart interchange, JCT - junction, SA - service area, PA - parking area, BS - bus stop, TN - tunnel, BR - bridge
|Bus Stop||Notes||Speed Limit||Lanes||Location|
|(16-1)||Iwaki JCT||Jōban Expressway||0.0||212.7||80 km/h||Four||Iwaki||Fukushima|
|TN||Gōdo Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 383 m||70 km/h||Two|
|1||Iwaki-Miwa IC|| National Route 49
Pref. Route 66 (Onahama Ono Route)
|TN||Watato Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 1,140 m|
|2||Ono IC/JCT|| Abukuma Kōgen Road
National Route 349
|TN||Shinkazakoshi Tunnel||↓||↑||Iwaki-bound - 460 m
Niigata-bound - 538 m
|3||Funehiki-Miharu IC||National Route 288||55.7||157.0|
|3-1||Kōriyama-higashi IC||National Route 288||63.7||149.0||Kōriyama|
|(18-1)||Kōriyama JCT||Tōhoku Expressway||71.4||141.3|
|BR||Gohyakugawa Bridge||↓||↑||Length - 170 m|
|4||Bandaiatami IC||Pref. Route 24 (Nakanosawa Atami Route)||79.6||133.1|
|TN||Takatamahigashi Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 1,120 m|
|TN||Takatamanishi Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 990 m|
|TN||Shinnakayama Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 1,820 m|
|TN||Kurateyama Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 1,670 m|
|TN||Sekito Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 1,490 m|
|5||Inawashiro Bandaikōgen IC||National Route 115||97.6||115.1|
|6||Bandai Kawahigashi IC||Pref. Route 64 (Aizuwakamatsu Urabandai Route)||111.5||101.2||Aizu-
|7||Aizuwakamatsu IC||National Route 121||117.5||95.2|
|TN||Nanaori Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 2,360 m||Aizubange|
|8||Aizubange IC|| National Route 49
National Route 252
|BR||Tadamigawa Bridge||↓||↑||Length - 310 m|
|TN||Tabanematsu Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 1,330 m|
|TN||Toyasan Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 2,600 m|
|TN||Nishiaizu Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 1,020 m|
|9/PA||Nishiaizu IC/PA|| National Route 49
Pref. Route 16 (Kitakata Nishiaizu Route)
|TN||Nagasaka Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 740 m|
|TN||Ryūgadake Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 3,660 m|
|TN||Kuromoriyama Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 2,760 m|
|TN||Koide Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 1,120 m|
|10||Tsugawa IC||Pref. Route 89 (Tsugawa Inter Route)||166.2||46.5||○|
|TN||Yakiyama Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 2,990 m|
|BS||Mikawa Bus Stop||172.8||39.9||○|
|11||Mikawa IC||Pref. Route 587 (Mikawa Inter Route)||174.0||38.7|
|TN||Yoshizu Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 910 m|
|TN||Nishiyama Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 2,400 m|
|TN||Kumawatari Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 160 m|
|TN||Komatsu Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 210 m||Agano|
|TN||Hōshusan Tunnel||↓||↑||Length - 610 m|
|12||Yasuda IC||Pref. Route 41 (Shirone Yasuda Route)||188.9||23.8||○|
|13||Niitsu IC||Pref. Route 34 (Niitsu Teishajō Route)
National Route 460
|BS||Kawaguchi Bus Stop||202.2||10.5||○|
|BS||Sakaya Bus Stop||207.5||5.2||○||Kōnan-ku, Niigata|
|(42)||Niigata-Chūō JCT|| Hokuriku Expressway
|14||Niigata-Chūō IC||Pref. Route 16 (Niigata Kameda Uchino Route)
Pref. Route 290 (Sonoki Hitoichi Route)
- "Iwaki Times, October 3, 1997". Retrieved 2008-04-15.[dead link]
- "E-NEXCO Expressway Data". Retrieved 2008-04-13.
- Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. "High Standard Trunk Road Map" (pdf). Retrieved 2008-04-13.
- "E-NEXCO Opening Schedule". Retrieved 2008-04-15.
- "E-NEXCO Drive Plaza Route Search". Archived from the original on 13 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
- "E-NEXCO Drive Plaza Service/Parking Area Search". Archived from the original on 16 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
- (Japanese) East Nippon Expressway Company
Iwaki JCT Niigata-Chūō IC