|Length:||346.4 km (215.2 mi)|
|Existed:||1971 – present|
|From:||Moji Interchange in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
|To:||Kagoshima Junction in Kagoshima, Kagoshima
|Major cities:||Fukuoka, Dazaifu, Tosu, Kurume, Kumamoto, Yatsushiro, Kirishima|
|National highways of Japan
Expressways of 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.
- 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
- IC - interchange, SIC - smart interchange, JCT - junction, SA - service area, PA - parking area, BS - bus stop, TN - tunnel, TB - toll gate, BR - bridge
- Bus stops labeled "○" are currently in use; those marked "◆" are closed.
- 6-lane, Dazaifu to Kurume Interchanges
- 4-lane, Moji to Dazaifu Interchange and from Kurume to Kagoshima Interchanges
- Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Kyushu Regional Development Bureau. "Road Timetable". Retrieved 2008-08-31.
- NEXCO West-Japan Official website(in Japanese)
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