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 and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). The expressway is numbered E13 under the MLIT's "2016 Proposal for Realization of Expressway Numbering."
|Length||230.6 km (143.3 mi)|
Main Route (planned)
|National Route 13 / National Route 115|
|South end||Sōma Junction|
Jōban Expressway in Sōma, Fukushima
|North end||Shimoinnai Interchange|
National Route 13 in Yuzawa, Akita
|Major cities||Date, Fukushima, Yonezawa, Yamagata, Tendō, Higashine, Yuzawa|
|National highways of Japan|
Expressways of Japan
The expressway is incomplete in many areas, however it is planned to eventually be a continuous route spanning northern Fukushima, Yamagata, and southern Akita prefectures. As of July 2019, all gaps in the expressway are in the process of being eliminated, with all gaps in Fukushima set to be removed by 2020. North of the city of Shinjō, various expressway-standard roads (bypasses of National Route 13) make up the remaining distance to the city of Yokote in Akita Prefecture.
The speed limit is 70 km/h along the majority of the route, there are short 80 km/h sections between Yonezawa-kita and Yonezawa-Hachimanbara interchanges and Higashine and Higashine-kita interchanges.
The first section of the Tōhoku-Chūō Expressway to open was between Yonezawa-kita and Yonezawa-Hachimanbara interchanges on 21 November 1997. Since then the road has gradually been extended by adding short extensions. The 8.8 km (5.5 mi) long Yonezawa-Nan'yō Road was incorporated into the Tōhoku-Chūō Expressway on 4 November 2017. MLIT began construction on the last gap of the road on 30 March 2018, a 3.5 km (2.2 mi) long section in Kaneyama, Yamagata.
List of major junctionsEdit
- PA - parking area, SA - service area, SIC - smart interchange, TB - toll gate
|Fukushima||Sōma||0.0||0.0||9-1||Sōma|| Jōban Expressway|
National Route 115
|6 km gap in the expressway, connection is made by National Route 115|
|6.0||3.7||1||Sōma-Yamakami||National Route 115||Temporary at-grade intersection|
|16.5||10.3||2||Sōma-Tamano||National Route 115||Southbound entrance, northbound exit|
|Date||21.5||13.4||3||Ryōzen-Iitate||National Route 115||Southbound exit, northbound entrance|
|33.5||20.8||4||Ryōzen||National Route 115||Temporary at-grade intersection|
|16 km gap in the expressway, connection is made by National Route 115 / Tōhoku Expressway concurrency|
|21-1 / TB||Fukushima||Tōhoku Expressway north||North end of Tōhoku Expressway concurrency|
|50.9||31.6||7||Fukushima-Ōzasō||Fukushima Prefecture Route 5 (Kaminagura Iizaka Date Route)|
|Kuriko Tunnel; marking the border between Fukushima and Yamagata prefectures|
|Yamagata||Yonezawa||77.5||48.2||8||Yonezawa-Hachimanbara||National Route 13|
|82.2||51.1||9||Yonezawa-chūō||Yamagata Prefecture Route 1 (Yonezawa Takahata Route)|
|86.5||53.7||10 / TB||Yonezawa-kita||National Route 13 / National Route 121 (Yonezawa Bypass)|
|Takahata||95.3||59.2||11||Yonezawa-Hachimanbara||National Route 13 (Nan'yō Bypass) / National Route 113 (Akayu Bypass)|
|Kaminoyama||110.6||68.7||12||Kaminoyama Onsen||National Route 13 (Kaminoyama Bypass) / National Route 458 north|
|119.7||74.4||13||Yamagata-Kaminoyama||National Route 13 (Yamagata Bypass)|
|Yamagata||127.0||78.9||PA / SIC||Yamagata||Planned smart interchange|
|130.1||80.8||14||Yamagata-chūō||Yamagata Prefecture Route 18 (Yamagata Asahi Route)|
|16 / TB||Tendō||Yamagata Prefecture Route 23 (Tendō Ōe Route)|
|Higashine||146.8||91.2||17||Higashine||National Route 287|
|151.1||93.9||18||Higashine-kita||Yamagata Prefecture Route 25 (Sagae Murayama Route)|
|13.7 km gap in the expressway, connection is made primarily by National Route 13|
|Murayama||164.8||102.4||21||Ōishida-Murayama||Yamagata Prefecture Route 189 (Ōishida Tsuchiuda Route)|
|Obanazawa||170.1||105.7||22||Obanazawa||National Route 347|
|174.1||108.2||–||Nokurosawa||National Route 13 (Obanazawa Bypass)||Southbound exit, northbound entrance|
|176.5||109.7||–||Obanazawa-kita||National Route 13|
|180.2||112.0||–||Kawarago||National Route 13||Southbound exit, northbound entrance|
|Funagata||184.1||114.4||–||Funagata||Yamagata Prefecture Route 56 (Shinjō-Funagata Route)|
|Shinjō||188.3||117.0||27||Shinjō||National Route 47 (Shinjō-minami Bypass) / Yamagata Prefecture Route 34|
|193.0||119.9||–||Shinjō-kita||Yamagata Prefecture Route 308||At-grade intersection|
|17.5 km gap in the expressway, connection is made primarily by National Route 13|
|Kaneyama||210.5||130.8||–||Kaneyama-kita||National Route 13 north||At-grade intersection|
|215.4||133.8||–||Sotosawa||National Route 13||Southbound exit, northbound entrance|
|Mamurogawa||220.4||137.0||–||Mamurogawa||National Route 13 south||At-grade intersection|
|7.2 km gap in the expressway, connection is made by National Route 13|
|Akita||Yuzawa||227.6||141.4||–||Kamiinnai||National Route 13 north||At-grade intersection|
|230.6||143.3||–||Shimoinnai||National Route 13 south||At-grade intersection; northern terminus|
|National Route 13 through to Yuzawa-Yokote Road|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
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