Kita-Kantō Expressway

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Kita-Kantō Expressway sign

Kita-Kantō Expressway
北関東自動車道 E50
Route information
Length87.3 km[2] (54.2 mi)
Existed2000[1]–present
Major junctions
FromTakasaki Junction in Takasaki, Gunma
E17 Expressway (Japan).png Kan-Etsu Expressway
ToMito-minani Interchange in Mito, Ibaraki
Japanese National Route Sign 0006.svgE50 Higashi-Mito Road
Japanese National Route Sign 0006.svg National Route 6
Location
Major citiesMaebashi, Isesaki, Ōta, Shimotsuke, Utsunomiya, Mooka, Sakuragawa, Kasama
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan
Expressway and Mt. Nikko

The Kita-Kantō Expressway (北関東自動車道, Kita-Kantō Jidōsha-dō) (lit. North Kantō Expressway) is a 4-laned national expressway in Japan. It is owned and operated by East Nippon Expressway Company.

Overview[edit]

The route connects the capitals of the 3 northern prefectures in the Kantō region - Maebashi, Utsunomiya, and Mito.

The expressway begins at a junction with the Kan-etsu Expressway in Gunma Prefecture and heads east along the southern edge of the prefecture. The route ends abruptly in the city of Ōta, however the route will be extended to a junction with the Tōhoku Expressway in Tochigi Prefecture by 2011.[3] The expressway then follows the route of the Tōhoku Expressway northward for about 13 km, then diverges from this expressway following an easterly course once more. It runs through the southern areas of Utsunomiya and heads into eastern areas of Tochigi Prefecture, where the route terminates once again in the city of Mooka. The section connecting Tochigi and Ibaraki Prefectures was scheduled to be completed in 2009.[3] From Sakuragawa in western Ibaraki, the route continues towards a junction with the Jōban Expressway and runs along the southern edge of the Mito city area, where the expressway has its final terminus. At the terminus, the Higashi-Mito Road continues towards the Pacific Ocean coastline using the same roadway.

The route runs parallel to National Route 50 for most of its length.

List of interchanges and features[edit]

No. Name Connections Dist. from
Origin
Notes Location
9-1 Takasaki JCT E17 Expressway (Japan).png Kan-Etsu Expressway 0.0 Takasaki Gunma
BR Tonegawa Bridge
Maebashi
1 Maebashi-minami IC Pref. Route 11 (Maebashi Tamamura Route) 3.0
2 Komagawa IC Pref. Route 2 (Maebashi Tatebayashi Route) 7.5
2-1
PA
Hashie PA/SIC 11.7 Isesaki
3 Isesaki IC Japanese National Route Sign 0017.svg National Route 17 (Jōbu Road) 14.5
4 Ōta-Yabuzuka IC Pref. Route 315 (Ōhara Sakai Mitsugi Route) 19.9 Ōta
4-1
PA
Ōta-Gōdo PA/SIC 26.6
5 Ōta-Kiryū IC Japanese National Route Sign 0122.svg National Route 122 30.5
6 Ashikaga IC Japanese National Route Sign 0293.svg National Route 293 40.8 Ashikaga Tochigi
PA Izuruhara PA 46.9
7 Sano-Tanuma IC 49.1 Sano
7-1 Iwafune JCT Tōhoku Expressway 54.4 Tochigi
Concurrency with E50 Tōhoku Expressway
(8-1) Tochigi-Tsuga JCT Tōhoku Expressway 0.0 Tochigi Tochigi
8 Tsuga IC Pref. Route 3 (Utsunomiya Kamewada Tochigi Route) 3.8
PA Mibu PA 8.6 Mibu
9 Mibu IC Pref. Route 71 (Hanyūda Kamikamou Route) 10.1
10 Utsunomiya-Kaminokawa IC Japanese National Route Sign 0004.svg National Route 4 (Route 4 Bypass) 18.5 Utsunomiya
11 Mooka IC Japanese National Route Sign 0408.svg National Route 408 26.0 Mooka
12 Sakuragawa-Chikusei IC Japanese National Route Sign 0050.svg National Route 50 40.9 Sakuragawa Ibaraki
13 Kasama-nishi IC Pref. Route 64 (Tsuchiura Kasama Route Bypass) 49.8 Kasama
PA Kasama PA 57.5
14 Tomobe IC Japanese National Route Sign 0355.svg National Route 355
Pref. Route 16 (Ōarai Tomobe Route)
58.9
(8-2) Tomobe JCT Jōban Expressway 66.3
15 Ibarakimachi-nishi IC Pref. Route 59 (Tamari Mito Route) 70.4 Ibaraki
15-1 Ibaraki JCT E51 Higashi-Kantō Expressway 72.6
16 Ibarakimachi-higashi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0006.svg National Route 6 77.2
17 Mito-minami IC Japanese National Route Sign 0006.svg National Route 6 (Mito Bypass) 80.6 Mito
Through to Japanese National Route Sign 0006.svgE50 Higashi-Mito Road

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ibaraki Prefecture Website". Archived from the original on 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
  2. ^ "E-NEXCO Expressway Data". Archived from the original on 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2008-04-13.
  3. ^ a b "E-NEXCO Opening Schedule". Retrieved 2008-04-15.

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