Japan National Route 289
|Length||275.4 km (171.1 mi)|
|Existed||1999 – present|
|West end||Yoshida, Niigata|
|Central section incomplete|
|East end||Iwaki, Fukushima|
|National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan
At present, work is underway to complete an 18 km (11 mi) central section that will join the eastern and western portions together through the very northern part of the Japanese Alps on Niigata's and Fukushima's prefectural border.
Work to join the east and west sections began in 1999. But the scheme suffered a major setback after the Chūetsu earthquake in 2004 when landslips covered large parts of the route. In 2005/06 efforts were made to clear these blockages and restart building work.
The finished route, which presently is a dirt track and is only passable by 4x4s or construction traffic, will include several spanned bridges, avalanche covers and a 1.5 km tunnel.
A provisional completion date has been given as 2012.
- Tunnel Completion (In Japanese)
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