Seishō Bypass

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Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svg

Seishō Bypass
西湘バイパス
Route information
Length: 14.5 km[2]
1.8 km (Ishibashi Branch Route)[2] (9.0 mi)
Main Route
Existed: 1967[1] – present
Major junctions
From: Seishō-Ninomiya Interchange in Ninomiya, Kanagawa
Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svgJapan road sign 325.svg Seishō Bypass (toll-free section)
Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svg National Route 1
To: Hakoneguchi Interchange in Odawara, Kanagawa
Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svg Odawara-Hakone Road
Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svg National Route 1
Ishibashi Interchange in Odawara, Kanagawa
Japanese National Route Sign 0135.svg National Route 135
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan

The Seishō Bypass (西湘バイパス Seishō Baipasu?) (lit. West Shōnan Bypass) is a toll road in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It is owned and managed by Central Nippon Expressway Company.

Overview[edit]

Officially the road is designated as a bypass for National Route 1. It is also classified as a road for motor vehicles only (自動車専用道路 Jidōsha Senyō Dōro?) and access is controlled with interchanges and junctions in a similar manner to national expressways in Japan.

The road closely follows the coastline of Sagami Bay, facilitating access between the Tokyo urban area and the city of Odawara in western Kanagawa Prefecture. At the eastern terminus the Seishō Bypass continues as a toll-free road managed by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. In the west, the main route terminates near the resort town of Hakone, while a short branch route terminates at an intersection with National Route 135 which leads to the resort town of Atami and the Izu Peninsula.

The first section of the road was opened to traffic in 1967 and the entire route was completed in 1972.[3] The main route has 4 lanes of traffic and the Ishibashi branch route has 2 lanes.

There are three toll collection points along the road. On the main route at the Tachibana Toll Plaza, a toll of 250 yen is collected from regular passenger cars. At Kōzu Interchange these vehicles are charged 150 yen at the eastbound exit and westbound entrance. At Ishibashi Interchange 200 yen is collected. Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) is accepted for payment, however no discount programs are in effect.

In September 2007 Typhoon Fitow caused extensive damage to the road, reducing some sections to two lanes of traffic and forcing the complete closure of other sections. The entire road was restored to full capacity on April 25, 2008.[4]

Interchange list[edit]

Main Route[edit]

Name Connections Dist. from
Origin
Notes Location
(all in Kanagawa)
Through to Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svgJapan road sign 325.svg Seishō Bypass (toll-free section)
Seishō-Ninomiya IC Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svg National Route 1 0.0 Ninomiya
Tachibana IC/
Tachibana TB/
Seishō PA
Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svg National Route 1 2.8 IC: Ninomiya-bound entrance and exit only
PA: Ninomiya-bound only
Odawara
Kōzu IC/
Seishō PA
Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svg National Route 1
Pref. Route 72 (Matsuda Kōzu Route)
5.5 PA: Hakone-bound only
Sakawa IC Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svg National Route 1 8.0 Ninomiya-bound entrance only
Odawara IC Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svg National Route 1 9.6 Ninomiya-bound entrance, Hakone-bound exit only
Hayakawa JCT Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svgJapan road sign 325.svg Ishibashi Branch Route 11.6
Hayakawa IC 12.2 Ninomiya-bound entrance, Hakone-bound exit only
Hakone Turnpike Ninomiya-bound entrance, Hakone-bound exit only
Odawara-nishi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0271.svgJapan road sign 325.svg Odawara-Atsugi Road 13.8 Local road access via Odawara-Atsugi Road only
Hakoneguchi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svg National Route 1 14.5
Through to Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svg Odawara-Hakone Road

Ishibashi Branch Route[edit]

Odawara Blue Way Bridge
Name Connections Dist. from
Origin
Notes Location
(all in Kanagawa)
Hayakawa JCT Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svgJapan road sign 325.svg Main Route 11.6 Odawara
Odawara Blue Way Bridge
Ishibashi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0135.svg National Route 135 13.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Kanto Bureau. "50 Years of History Online Magazine, Series 4". Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  2. ^ a b "E-NEXCO Drive Plaza Route Search". Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  3. ^ Japan Civil Engineering Contractors' Association. "Construction History of Japan". Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  4. ^ Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Kanto Bureau, Yokohama Office. "Status of Seisho Bypass Restoration". Retrieved 2008-06-03. 

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