Sasson Expressway

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Sasson Expressway
札樽自動車道
Route information
Existed: 1971[1] – present
Major junctions
From: Sapporo Junction in Sapporo
Japan road sign 325.svg Hokkaidō Expressway
To: Otaru Interchange in Otaru, Hokkaidō
Japanese National Route Sign 0005.svg National Route 5
Hokkaido Prefectural Route 17
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan

The Sasson Expressway (札樽自動車道 Sasson Jidōshadō?) is a 4-laned national expressway in Hokkaidō, Japan. It is operated by the East Nippon Expressway Company.

Naming[edit]

The name Sasson is a kanji acronym of two characters. The first character represents Sapporo (?) and the second represents Otaru (?), which are the two cities connected by the expressway.

Officially the expressway is a part of the Hokkaidō Ōdan Expressway Nemuro Route and Abashiri Route.[3]

Overview[edit]

The first section of the expressway opened in 1971 with two lanes ahead of the 1972 Winter Olympics. Expansion to four lanes was completed in 1974.[1] The entire route was completed in 1992 with a connection to the Hokkaidō Expressway.[4]

The speed limit is 80 km/h along the entire route.

The section from Sapporo-nishi Interchange through Sapporo Junction to Sapporo-minami Interchange on the Hokkaidō Expressway is built to an urban expressway standard and tolls are charged at a flat rate. As of March 2008 the toll on this section is 400 yen for regular passenger cars. Tolls on all other sections of the expressway are assessed according to distance travelled in the same manner as most other national expressways.[5]

List of interchanges and features[edit]

No. Name Connections Dist. from
Origin
Dist. from
Terminus
Bus Stop Notes Location
(all in Hokkaidō)
Through to Japan road sign 325.svg Hokkaidō Expressway
(1-1) Sapporo JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Hokkaidō Expressway 0.0 38.3 Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo
BR Toyohiragawa Bridge Toyohira River crossing
Higashi-ku, Sapporo
1 Kariki IC Japanese National Route Sign 0274.svg National Route 274 (Sapporo Shindō)
Japanese National Route Sign 0275.svg National Route 275
1.9 36.4 Sapporo-bound exit, Otaru-bound entrance only
2 Fushiko IC Japanese National Route Sign 0274.svg National Route 274 (Sapporo Shindō)
Pref. Route 112 (Sapporo Tōbetsu Route)
3.4 34.9 Otaru-bound exit, Sapporo-bound entrance only
BR Fugome Bridge
3 Sapporo-kita IC Japanese National Route Sign 0274.svg National Route 274 (Sapporo Shindō) 7.6 30.7 Otaru-bound exit, Sapporo-bound entrance only
4 Sapporo-kita IC Japanese National Route Sign 0005.svg National Route 5 (Sapporo Shindō) 7.6 30.7 Sapporo-bound exit, Otaru-bound entrance only Kita-ku, Sapporo
5 Shinkawa IC Japanese National Route Sign 0005.svg National Route 5 (Sapporo Shindō)
Pref. Route 125 (Maeda Shinkawa Route)
10.2 28.1 Otaru-bound exit, Sapporo-bound entrance only
6/TB Sapporo-nishi IC/TB Japanese National Route Sign 0005.svg National Route 5 (Sapporo Shindō)
Pref. Route 124 (Miyanosawa Kitaichijō Route)
14.0 24.3 Sapporo-bound exit, Otaru-bound entrance only Nishi-ku, Sapporo
Teine-ku, Sapporo
7 Teine IC 17.5 20.8 Otaru-bound exit, Sapporo-bound entrance only
PA Kanayama PA/
Emergency Exit
20.0 18.3 Emergency Exit: Authorized vehicles only
BR Hoshiokigawa Bridge
Otaru
8 Zenibako IC Pref. Route 147 (Zenibako Inter Route) 23.6 14.7 Zenibako River crossing
BS Miharashi Bus Stop 24.8 13.5
TN Wariusu Tunnel
<8-1> Otaru JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Shiribeshi Expressway (Planned) Opens in 2018
BS Shinkō Bus Stop 34.7 3.6
9 Asari IC Pref. Route 1 (Otaru Jōzankei Route) 35.3 3.0
TB Asari Toll Gate
TN Asari Tunnel
TN Wakatake Tunnel
10 Otaru IC Japanese National Route Sign 0005.svg National Route 5
Pref. Route 17 (Otarukō Route)
38.3 0.0
11 Otaru IC 45.5 -1.5
12
13
14
15
16

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sapporo Road Construction History". Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "E-NEXCO Expressway Data". Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  3. ^ Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. "High Standard Trunk Road Map" (pdf). Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  4. ^ "History of Otaru City". Archived from the original on 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  5. ^ "E-NEXCO Drive Plaza Route Search". Retrieved 2008-04-15. 

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