Kyushu Expressway

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Kyushu Expressway
九州自動車道
Route information
Length: 346.4 km[1] (215.2 mi)
Existed: 1971 – present
Major junctions
From: Moji Interchange in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
Japan road sign 325.svg Kita-Kyushu Expressway
To: Kagoshima Junction in Kagoshima, Kagoshima
Japan road sign 325.svg Minami-Kyushu Expressway
Japan road sign 325.svg Ibusuki Skyline
Location
Major cities: Fukuoka, Dazaifu, Tosu, Kurume, Kumamoto, Yatsushiro, Kirishima
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan
Kumamoto,Japan

Kyushu Expressway (九州自動車道 Kyūshū Jidōsha-dō?) (Asian Highway Network AH1) is one of the Expressways of Japan from Kitakyūshū (and the bridge to Honshū) to west of Kagoshima linking with the Higashi Kyushu Expressway and the Ibusuki Skyline. It runs through the prefectures of Fukuoka, the eastern half of the Saga, Kumamoto, Miyazaki (Ebino only) and the Kagoshima prefectures. The freeway runs entirely on the island of Kyūshū. The total length is 346.4 km. It does not cover Ōita or Nagasaki.

History[edit]

  • June 30, 1971, a section from Ueki to Kumamoto was opened to traffic
  • October 21, 1972, a section from Nankan to Ueki opened to traffic
  • November 16, 1973, Tosu Interchange and Junction to Nankan was opened to traffic
  • December 13, 1973, Kajiki Interchange to Satsuma-Yoshida was opened to traffic
  • March 13, 1975, Koga Interchange to Tosu Junction was opened to traffic
  • March 4, 1976, Ebuno Junction with the Miyazaki Expressway to Ebuno Interchange was opened.
  • November 26, 1976, The section was opened to traffic from Kumatoto to Mifune Interchanges
  • November 29, 1976, a section from Mizobe Kagoshimna Airport to Kajiki Interchanges was opened
  • July 21, 1977, a section from Wakamiya to Koga was open to traffic
  • November 15, 1977, a section from Satsuma-Yoshida to Kagoshima-Kita Interchanges was opened
  • December 15, 1978, a section from Mifune to Matsubase Interchanges was opened
  • March 8, 1979, a section from Wakamiya to Yahata Interchanges was opened
  • March 12, 1980, a section from Matsubase to Yatsushiro Interchanges was opened
  • March 22, 1980 a section from Kurino to Mizobe-Kagoshima Airport was opened
  • October 1, 1981, a section from Ebuno Junction to Kurino Interchange opened made that section ran from Ebuno to Kagoshima-Kita interchanges that time
  • March 27, 1984, a section from Moji to Kokura-Higashi was opened which made access to the bridge with Honshū
  • March 28, 1985, the Tosu Junction in the west was opened.
  • February 5, 1987, the Tosu Junction in the east was opened.
  • March 29, 1988, a section from Kagoshima-Kita to Kagoshima was opened with an interchange with the expressway.
  • March 31, 1988, a section from Kokura-Higashi to Yahata was opened to traffic
  • October 19, 1988, a section in the Kagoshima Interchange with the Minami Kyushu Expressway was opened
  • December 7, 1989, a section from Yatsushiro to Hitoyoshi was opened to traffic
  • March 25, 1992, a section in the Kajiki Interchange with the road was opened
  • March 31, 1993, the Shin-Moji Interchange was opened
  • July 27, 1995, a section from Hitoyoshi to Ebuno was opened to traffic which made the Kyushu Expressway from Moji to Kagoshima fully accessible with no gaps.
  • April 20, 1998, the Yatsushiro Junction was opened to traffic with another freeway
  • December 19, 2001, Kajiki Junction was opened to traffic
  • December 12, 2004, the tunnel from Hitoyoshi to Ebino Interchanges which made Kyushu Expressway with four lanes now being connected with no gaps
  • February 26, 2006, Kitakyushu Junction was opened to traffic with another freeway
  • March 29, 2009, the Miyama-Yanagawa Interchange was opened
  • February 19, 2011, the Kurate Interchange was opened

List of interchanges and features[edit]

Number Name Connections Distance from
Moji(Km)
Bus Stop Notes Location
Through to Kanmon Bridge
1 Moji IC Kitakyushu Expressway 4 0.0 Fukuoka Kitakyūshū
- Hata BS - 4.0
1-1 Shin-Moji Interchange 4.4 Only exit for Fukuoka
- Kishi PA - 6.2
- Kuzuhara BS - 11.1
2 Kokura-Higashi IC Kitakyushu Expressway 1
Route 10(Sone Bypass)
13.3
2-1 Kitakyushu JCT Higashi-Kyushu Expressway 16.4
3 Kokura-Minami IC Route 322 20.2
4 Yahata IC Kitakyushu Expressway 4
Route 200(Nogata Bypass)
31.3
- Nogata PA - 34.9 Only accessible for Hiroshima Nogata
4-1 Kurate IC 36.1 Kurate
- Kurate PA - 36.3 Only accessible for Fukuoka
- Miyata SIC Miyawaka
5 Wakamiya IC 45.2
- Koga SA - 54.5 Koga
6 Koga IC Route 3(Kashii Bypass) 57.7
- Aoyagi BS - 58.5
- Tachibanayama BS - 62.7 Shingu
Hisayama
7 Fukuoka IC Fukuoka Expressway 4
Route 201
68.5 Fukuoka
7-1 Sue PA/SIC 73.6 Sue
- Umi BS - 75.5 Umi
8 Dazaifu IC Fukuoka Expressway 2
Route 3(Fukuoka-Minami Bypass)
80.2 Dazaifu
- Chikushino BS - 85.0 Chikushino
8-1 Chikushino IC 87.1
- Kiyama PA - 91.0 Saga Kiyama
9 Tosu JCT/IC Nagasaki Expressway
Ōita Expressway
Route 3
Route 34
96.2 Tosu
- Miyanojin BS - 102.6 Fukuoka Kurume
10 Kurume IC Route 322 105.6
10-1 Hirokawa IC/SA 113.6 Hirokawa
11 Yame IC Route 442 118.6 Yame
Chikugo
- Setaka BS - 122.5 Miyama
11-1 Miyama-Yanagawa IC 125.5 -
- Yamakawa PA - 128.2
12 Nankan IC 135.2 Kumamoto Nankan
- Kobaru BS - 138.9
- Tamana PA - 142.9
13 Kikusui IC 146.8 Nagomi
- Kaou BS - 153.7 Yamaga
14 Ueki IC Route 3 157.5 Kumamoto
- Kita-Kumamoto SA - 162.3
- Nishi-Kōshi BS - 165.8 Kōshi
- Musashigaoka BS - 169.1 Kumamoto
15 Kumamoto IC Route 57(Kumamoto-Higashi Bypass) 171.4
- Takuma PA - 174.5
15-1 Mashiki-Kumamoto Airport IC 176.6 Mashiki
- Mashiki BS - 177.5
- Kashima JCT Kyushu Odan Expressway(Future) 180.9 Mifune
16 Mifune IC Route 445 183.3
- Midorikawa PA - 186.9 Kumamoto
Kōsa
- Jōnan BS - 189.1 Kumamoto
17 Matsubase IC Route 218 195.3 Uki
- Ogawa BS/SIC - 204.0
- Miyahara SA - 209.0 Hikawa
18 Yatsushiro IC Route 3 213.7 Yatsushiro
18-1 Yatsushiro JCT Minami-Kyūshū Expressway 214.8 Only accessible for Fukuoka
- Sakamoto PA - 222.4
- Ayugaeri BS - 230.3
- Higo TN - Length 6,300m
Yamae
- Koduru BS - 242.5
- Yamae SA - 248.5
19 Hitoyoshi IC 252.2
Hitoyoshi
- Hitoyoshi-Minami BS - 256.6
- Kakutō TN - Length 6,300m
Miyazaki Ebino
- Ebino PA - 272.0
20 Ebino IC Route 268 274.5
21 Ebino JCT Miyazaki Expressway 276.5
- Yoshimatsu PA - 281.9 Kagoshima Yūsui
22 Kurino IC 290.3
23 Yokogawa IC 296.3 Kirishima
- Mizobe PA - 303.0
- Kagoshima Airport-Minami BS - 308.8
24 Mizobe-Kagoshima Airport IC Route 504 310.1
25-1
25
Kajiki JCT
Kajiki IC
Higashi-Kyushu Expressway
Route 10(Kajiki Bypass)
317.8 Aira
- Chōsa BS - 322.3
- Sakurajima SA - 323.8
26 Aira IC 326.5
- Honjō BS - 330.7 Kagoshima
27 Satsuma-Yoshida IC 335.1
- Kagoshima TB - 337.0 Toll Barrier
28 Kagoshima-KitaIC/Ishiki BS Route 3 341.7
29 Kagoshima IC Minami-Kyushu Expressway
Route 3(Kagoshima Bypass)
346.4
Through to Ibusuki Skyline

Lanes[edit]

  • 6-lane, Dazaifu to Kurume Interchanges
  • 4-lane, Moji to Dazaifu Interchange and from Kurume to Kagoshima Interchanges

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Kyushu Regional Development Bureau. "Road Timetable". Retrieved 2008-08-31. 

External links[edit]