Tōhoku-Chūō Expressway

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Tōhoku-Chūō Expressway sign

Tōhoku-Chūō Expressway
東北中央自動車道
Route information
Length: 27.1 km[2]
8.8 km (Yonezawa Nan-yō Road)[2] (16.8 mi)
Main Route
Existed: 1997[1] – present
Major junctions
From: Fukushima Junction in Fukushima, Fukushima
Japan road sign 325.svg Tōhoku Expressway
To: Obanazawa-Ōishida Interchange in Obanazawa, Yamagata
Japanese National Route Sign 0013.svgJapan road sign 325.svg Obanazawa Shinjō Road
Japanese National Route Sign 0347.svg National Route 347
Location
Major cities: Yonezawa, Yamagata
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan

The Tōhoku-Chūō Expressway (東北中央自動車道 Tōhoku-Chūō Jidōsha-dō?) (lit. Central Tōhoku Expressway) is a 2-laned national expressway in the Tōhoku region of Japan. It is owned and operated by East Nippon Expressway Company.

Overview[edit]

The expressway is incomplete in many areas, however it is planned to eventually connect Fukushima Prefecture with Akita Prefecture via Yamagata Prefecture.[3] From Fukushima to Yonezawa the route is incomplete; this section is to be built according to the New Direct Control System and will operate toll-free upon completion. From Yonezawa, a short toll road signed as the Yonezawa Nan-yō Road is designed to become part of the expressway route in the future. As of April 2008 the current Tōhoku-Chūō Expressway extends from Yamagata-Kaminoyama Interchange to Higashine Interchange, with a future extension to the city of Obanazawa planned.[4] North of Obanazawa, various expressway-standard roads (bypasses of National Route 13) make up the remaining distance to the city of Yokote in Akita Prefecture.

The route of the expressway parallels the Ōu Main Line of East Japan Railway Company for most of its length.

The speed limit is 70 km/h along the entire route.

List of interchanges and features[edit]

No. Name Connections Dist. from
Origin
Dist. from
Terminus
Bus Stop Notes Location
<(21-1)> Fukushima JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Tōhoku Expressway Opens in 2016 Fukushima Fukushima
<TB> Fukushima Toll Gate Opens in 2016
<1> Ōzasō IC Pref. Route 5 (Kaminagurai Izakadate Route) Opens in 2016
<2> Yonezawa IC Japanese National Route Sign 0013.svg National Route 13 Opens in 2016 Yonezawa Yamagata
3 Yonezawa-kita IC Japanese National Route Sign 0013.svg National Route 13 (Yonezawa Bypass)
Japanese National Route Sign 0121.svg National Route 121
0.0 8.8
BR Mogamigawa Bridge Mogami River crossing Takahata
4 Nan-yō Takahata IC Japanese National Route Sign 0013.svg National Route 13 (Nan-yō Bypass)
Japanese National Route Sign 0113.svg National Route 113 (Akayu Bypass)
8.8 0.0
<5> Kaminoyama IC Japanese National Route Sign 0013.svg National Route 13
Japanese National Route Sign 0458.svg National Route 458
Opens in 2018 Kaminoyama
6 Yamagata-Kaminoyama IC Japanese National Route Sign 0013.svg National Route 13 (Yamagata Bypass) 0.0 27.1
Yamagata
7 Yamagata-chūō IC Pref. Route 18 (Yamagata Asahi Route) 10.4 16.7
(6) Yamagata JCT Japan road sign 325.svg Yamagata Expressway 15.5 11.6
8 Tendō IC Pref. Route 23 (Tendō Ōe Route) 22.1 5.0 Tendō
<TB> Tendō Toll Gate Planned
9 Higashine IC Japanese National Route Sign 0287.svg National Route 287 27.1 0.0
<10> Murayama IC Pref. Route 25 (Sagae Murayama Route) Planned Murayama
<11> Obanazawa-Ōishida IC Japanese National Route Sign 0347.svg National Route 347 Planned Obanazawa
Through to Japanese National Route Sign 0013.svgJapan road sign 325.svg Obanazawa Shinjō Road (Planned)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yamagata Shimbun, November 21, 2007". Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  2. ^ a b "E-NEXCO Expressway Data". Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  3. ^ Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. "High Standard Trunk Road Map" (pdf). Retrieved 2008-04-13. [dead link]
  4. ^ "E-NEXCO Planned Routes". Retrieved 2008-04-14. 

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