Tōkai-Kanjō Expressway

The Tōkai-Kanjō Expressway (東海環状自動車道, Tōkaikanjō Jidōsha-dō) (lit. Tōkai Ring Expressway) is a toll road in the Tōkai region of Japan. It is owned and managed by Central Nippon Expressway Company.

Tōkai-Kanjō Expressway sign

Tōkai-Kanjō Expressway
C3 東海環状自動車道
Route information
Length152.7 km[2] (94.9 mi)
Existed2005[1]–present
Component
highways
National Route 475
Major junctions
FromToyota-higashi Junction in Toyota, Aichi
Shin-Tōmei Expressway
Isewangan Expressway
ToYokkaichi-kita Junction' in Yokkaichi, Mie
Isewangan Expressway
Shin-Meishin Expressway
Location
Major citiesSeto, Toki, Minokamo
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan
National Route 474National Route 476

NamingEdit

Officially, the route is designated as National Route 475.[2] On some signs, the expressway is represented in Japanese as 東海環状道; this is done to prevent confusion with the Tōkai-Hokuriku Expressway.

Although the road is named as an expressway, it is not recognized as a national expressway. Officially it is a national highway for motor vehicles only (一般国道の自動車専用道路, Ippan Kokudō no Jidōsha Senyō Dōro)[3] (motor vehicles must have a displacement of at least 125 cc). However, the design standard of the Tōkai-Kanjō Expressway is similar to most national expressways.

OverviewEdit

Once completed, the expressway will form a 160 km ring road for the Tōkai Region.[4] It is hoped that the expressway will reduce traffic congestion, link important industrial and manufacturing centers in the region, and facilitate access to Chubu International Airport and tourist areas in rural Gifu Prefecture.

Currently 73 km of the route has been opened to traffic. This section was opened in 2005 to coincide with the opening of Expo 2005 in Aichi Prefecture. There are 4 lanes of traffic from Toyota-higashi Junction to Toki Junction, and 2 lanes from Toki Junction to Mino-Seki Junction.

List of interchanges and featuresEdit

No. Name Connections Dist. from
Origin
Notes Location
1 Toyota-higashi JCT   Shin-Tōmei Expressway
  Isewangan Expressway
0.0 Toyota Aichi
2 Toyota-Matsudaira IC   National Route 301 3.4
2-1
PA
Kuragaike PA/SIC Pref. Route 343 (Norisada Toyota Route) 6.3 Highway Oasis
3 Toyota-Kanpachi IC   National Route 153 (Toyota-kita Bypass) 9.7
4 Toyota-Fujioka IC Pref. Route 13 (Toyota Tajimi Route) 15.4
5
PA
Seto-Akazu IC/PA   National Route 248
Pref. Route 22 (Seto Kanjō Route)
Pref. Route 33 (Seto Shitara Route)
23.2 Seto
6 Seto-Shinano IC   National Route 363 26.0
7 Toki-minami Tajimi IC Pref. Route 382 (Toki-minami Tajimi Inter Route) 36.9 Toki Gifu
30-1 Toki JCT   Chūō Expressway 39.8
7-1
PA
Gotomaki PA/SIC Pref. Route 84 (Toki Kani Route) 41.5 Smart Interchange Opened on February 28, 2013
8 Kani-Mitake IC   National Route 21 (Kani-Mitake Bypass) 50.3 Kani
Mitake
9
SA
Minokamo IC/SA   National Route 41 (Minokamo Bypass)
Pref. Route 342 (Heisei Kinen Kōen Route)
59.7 Highway Oasis Minokamo
10 Tomika-Seki IC Pref. Route 58 (Seki Kanayama Route)
Pref. Route 343 (Tomika Mino Route)
66.0 Tomika
5-1 Mino-Seki JCT   Tōkai-Hokuriku Expressway 73.0
Mino
11 Seki-Hiromi IC   National Route 418 75.9 Opened on April 18, 2009 Seki
<11-1
PA>
Gifu-Miwa PA/SIC Pref. Route 59 (Kitano Otogari Route) 79.9 Opening in March 20, 2020 Gifu
<12> Yamagata IC   National Route 256 (Takatomi Bypass) 84.9 Opening in March 20, 2020 Yamagata
<13> Gifu IC 91.7 Planned Gifu
<14> Motosu IC   National Route 157 96.8 Planned Motosu
<PA> Motosu PA - Planned
<15> Ōno-Gōdo IC Pref. Route 53 (Gifu Sekigahara Route) 103.6 Opening in December 14, 2019 Ōno
16 Ōgaki-nishi IC   National Route 21 (Gidai Bypass)
Pref. Route 50 (Ōgaki Kanjō Route)
111.1 Opened on September 15, 2012 Ōgaki
26-1 Yōrō JCT   Meishin Expressway 117.2 Opened on September 15, 2012 Yōrō
17 Yōrō IC Pref. Route 213 (Yōrō Hirata Route) 120.3 Opened on October 22, 2017
<17-1
PA>
Kaizu PA/SIC - - Planned Kaizu
<17-2
PA>
Hokusei PA/SIC - - Planned Inabe Mie
<18> Hokusei IC Pref. Route 5 (Hokusei Tado Route) 138.4 Planned
19 Daian IC   National Route 365 (Inabe Bypass) 144.9 Opened on March 17, 2019
20 Tōin IC   National Route 365 (Inabe Bypass) 151.3 Opened on August 11, 2016 Tōin
1 Shin-Yokkaichi JCT   Isewangan Expressway
  Shinmeishin Expressway
152.7 Opened on August 11, 2016 Yokkaichi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. "History of the Expressway Network in the Greater Nagoya Area". Archived from the original on 2008-03-28. Retrieved 2008-04-17.
  2. ^ a b Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. "Road Timetable". Archived from the original on 2008-02-14. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
  3. ^ Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. "High Standard Trunk Road Map" (PDF). Archived from the original (pdf) on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2008-04-13.
  4. ^ "Nagoya Urban Institute Project Page". Retrieved 2008-04-18.

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