Kyushu Expressway

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Kyushu Expressway (九州自動車道, Kyūshū Jidōsha-dō) (Asian Highway Network ) is one of the Expressways of Japan from Kitakyūshū (and the bridge to Honshū) to west of Kagoshima linking with the Higashikyushu Expressway and the Ibusuki Skyline. It runs through the prefectures of Fukuoka, the eastern half of the Saga, Kumamoto, Miyazaki (Ebino only) and the Kagoshima prefectures. The freeway runs entirely on the island of Kyūshū. The total length is 346.2 km. It does not cover Ōita or Nagasaki.

Kyushu Expressway sign

Kyushu Expressway
E3 九州自動車道
Route information
Part of
Length346.2 km[1] (215.1 mi)
Existed1971–present
Major junctions
FromMoji Interchange in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0004.svg Kita-Kyushu Expressway
E2A Kanmon Bridge
ToKagoshima Junction in Kagoshima, Kagoshima
E3A Minami-Kyushu Expressway
Japan road sign 325.svg Ibusuki Skyline
Location
Major citiesFukuoka, Dazaifu, Tosu, Kurume, Kumamoto, Yatsushiro, Kirishima
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan
Kumamoto,Japan

HistoryEdit

  • June 30, 1971, a section from Ueki to Kumamoto was opened to traffic
  • October 21, 1972, a section from Nankan to Ueki opened to traffic
  • November 16, 1973, Tosu Interchange and Junction to Nankan was opened to traffic
  • December 13, 1973, Kajiki Interchange to Satsuma-Yoshida was opened to traffic
  • March 13, 1975, Koga Interchange to Tosu Junction was opened to traffic
  • March 4, 1976, Ebuno Junction with the Miyazaki Expressway to Ebuno Interchange was opened.
  • November 26, 1976, The section was opened to traffic from Kumatoto to Mifune Interchanges
  • November 29, 1976, a section from Mizobe Kagoshimna Airport to Kajiki Interchanges was opened
  • July 21, 1977, a section from Wakamiya to Koga was open to traffic
  • November 15, 1977, a section from Satsuma-Yoshida to Kagoshima-Kita Interchanges was opened
  • December 15, 1978, a section from Mifune to Matsubase Interchanges was opened
  • March 8, 1979, a section from Wakamiya to Yahata Interchanges was opened
  • March 12, 1980, a section from Matsubase to Yatsushiro Interchanges was opened
  • March 22, 1980 a section from Kurino to Mizobe-Kagoshima Airport was opened
  • October 1, 1981, a section from Ebuno Junction to Kurino Interchange opened made that section ran from Ebuno to Kagoshima-Kita interchanges that time
  • March 27, 1984, a section from Moji to Kokura-Higashi was opened which made access to the bridge with Honshū
  • March 28, 1985, the Tosu Junction in the west was opened.
  • February 5, 1987, the Tosu Junction in the east was opened.
  • March 29, 1988, a section from Kagoshima-Kita to Kagoshima was opened with an interchange with the expressway.
  • March 31, 1988, a section from Kokura-Higashi to Yahata was opened to traffic
  • October 19, 1988, a section in the Kagoshima Interchange with the Minami Kyushu Expressway was opened
  • December 7, 1989, a section from Yatsushiro to Hitoyoshi was opened to traffic
  • March 25, 1992, a section in the Kajiki Interchange with the road was opened
  • March 31, 1993, the Shin-Moji Interchange was opened
  • July 27, 1995, a section from Hitoyoshi to Ebuno was opened to traffic which made the Kyushu Expressway from Moji to Kagoshima fully accessible with no gaps.
  • April 20, 1998, the Yatsushiro Junction was opened to traffic with another freeway
  • December 19, 2001, Kajiki Junction was opened to traffic
  • December 12, 2004, the tunnel from Hitoyoshi to Ebino Interchanges which made Kyushu Expressway with four lanes now being connected with no gaps
  • February 26, 2006, Kitakyushu Junction was opened to traffic with another freeway
  • March 29, 2009, the Miyama-Yanagawa Interchange was opened
  • February 19, 2011, the Kurate Interchange was opened
  • April 14, 2016, Many sections of the expressway were damaged during the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes.
  • April 29, 2016, The expressway reopened.[2]

List of interchanges and featuresEdit

Number Name Connections Distance from
Moji(Km)
Bus Stop Notes Location
Through to   Kanmon Bridge
1 Moji IC   Kitakyushu Expressway 4
Pref. Route 72 (Kurokawa Shiranoe Higashihonmachi Route)
0.0 Moji-ku, Kitakyūshū Fukuoka
- Hata BS - 4.1
1-1 Shin-Moji Interchange Pref. Route 71 (Shin-Moji Port Dairi Route) 4.4 Only accessible for Fukuoka
- Kishi PA - 6.2
- Kuzuhara BS - 11.2 Kokuraminami-ku, Kitakyūshū
2 Kokura-Higashi IC   Kitakyushu Expressway 1
  National Route 10(Sone Bypass)
13.4
2-1 Kitakyushu JCT   Higashikyushu Expressway 16.5
3 Kokura-Minami IC   National Route 322 20.2
4 Yahata IC   Kitakyushu Expressway 4
  National Route 200(Nogata Bypass)
31.4 Kitakyushu Expressway←→Hiroshima: no access Yahatanishi-ku, Kitakyūshū
- Nogata PA - 34.9 Only accessible for Hiroshima Nogata
4-1 Kurate IC Pref. Route 472 (Nogata Kurate Route) 36.1 Kurate
- Kurate PA - 36.3 Only accessible for Fukuoka
4-2 Miyata SIC Pref. Route 9 (Muroki Shimoariki Wakamiya Route) via Miyawaka city road 42.1 Only accessible for Fukuoka Miyawaka
5 Wakamiya IC Pref. Route 9 (Muroki Shimoariki Wakamiya Route) 45.2
- Koga SA - 54.5 Koga
6 Koga IC   National Route 3(Kashii Bypass)
Pref. Route 35 (Chikushino Koga Route)
57.7
- Aoyagi BS - 58.7
- Tachibanayama BS - 62.9 Shingu
Hisayama
7 Fukuoka IC   Fukuoka Expressway 4
  National Route 201
68.3 Higashi-ku, Fukuoka
7-1 Sue PA/SIC Pref. Route 91 (Shime Sue Route) 73.4 Sue
- Umi BS - 75.4 Umi
8 Dazaifu IC   Fukuoka Expressway 2
  National Route 3(Fukuoka-Minami Bypass)
80.1 Dazaifu
- Chikushino BS - 84.9 Chikushino
8-1 Chikushino IC Pref. Route 7 (Chikushino Interchange Route) 86.9
- Kiyama PA - 90.8 Kiyama Saga
9 Tosu JCT/IC   Nagasaki Expressway
  Ōita Expressway
   National Route 3 / National Route 34
96.1 Tosu
- Ajisaka SIC Planned Ogōri Fukuoka
- Miyanojin BS - 102.5 Kurume
10 Kurume IC   National Route 3(Tosu Kurume Road)
  National Route 322
105.4
10-1 Hirokawa IC Pref. Route 84 (Hirokawa Jōyō Route) 113.2 Bus stop: northbound only Hirokawa
- Hirokawa SA - 113.6 Bus stop: southbound only
Hirokawa IC←→SA: no access
11 Yame IC   National Route 442 (Yame Chikugo Bypass) 118.4 Yame
Chikugo
- Setaka BS - 122.4 Miyama
11-1 Miyama-Yanagawa IC Pref. Route 775 (Motoyoshi Ogawa Route) 125.6
- Yamakawa PA - 128.0
12 Nankan IC Pref. Route 5 (Omuta Nankan Route)
Pref. Route 10 (Nankan Omuta-Kita Route)
135.0 Nankan Kumamoto
- Kobaru BS - 138.8
- Tamana PA - 142.7
13 Kikusui IC Pref. Route 16 (Tamana Yamaga Route) 146.6 Nagomi
- Kaou BS - 153.6 Yamaga
14 Ueki IC   National Route 3 157.3 Kita-ku, Kumamoto
14-1 Kita-Kumamoto SIC Pref. Route 30 (Ozu Ueki Route) via Kumamoto city road 162.0
- Kita-Kumamoto SA - 162.2
- Nishi-Kōshi BS - 165.7 Kōshi
- Musashigaoka BS - 169.0 Kita-ku, Kumamoto
15 Kumamoto IC   National Route 57(Kumamoto-Higashi Bypass) 171.2 Higashi-ku, Kumamoto
- Takuma PA - 174.3
15-1 Mashiki-Kumamoto Airport IC Pref. Route 36 (Kumamoto Mashiki Ozu Route) 176.4 Mashiki
- Mashiki BS - 177.5
15-2 Kashima JCT   Kyushu Chūō Expressway 180.7 Mifune
16 Mifune IC   National Route 445 183.1
- Midorikawa PA - 186.7 Minami-ku, Kumamoto
Kōsa
16-1 Jōnan BS/ SIC Pref. Route 38 (Uto Kōsa Route) 189.0 Minami-ku, Kumamoto
17 Matsubase IC   National Route 218 195.1 Uki
17-1 Hikawa Takatsuka BS/Uki Hikawa SIC   National Route 3 via Hikawa town road 204.0 Hikawa
- Miyahara SA - 208.8
18 Yatsushiro IC   National Route 3 213.5 Yatsushiro
18-1 Yatsushiro JCT   Minamikyushu Expressway 214.6 Only accessible for Fukuoka
- Sakamoto PA - 222.1
- Ayugaeri BS - 230.2
- Higo TN - Length 6,340m
Dangerous goods forbidden
Yamae
- Koduru BS - 242.4
- Yamae SA - 248.0
19 Hitoyoshi IC Pref. Route 54 (Hitoyoshi Interchange Route) 252.0
Hitoyoshi
- Hitoyoshi TB - 252.1 Abandoned on July 27, 1995
19-1 Hitoyoshi-Kuma SIC   National Route 219 256.2 - incl. Hitoyoshi-Minami Bus Stop
BS location TBD
- Hitoyoshi Temporary Interchange   National Route 219 256.2 Abandoned on July 27, 1995
- Hitoyoshi-Minami BS - 256.4 closed by replacement
- Kakutō TN - Length 6,264m
Dangerous goods forbidden
Ebino Miyazaki
- Ebino PA - 271.9
20 Ebino IC   National Route 268 274.3
21 Ebino JCT   Miyazaki Expressway 276.4
- Yoshimatsu PA - 281.6 Yūsui Kagoshima
22 Kurino IC Pref. Route 55 (Kurino Kajiki Route) 290.0
23 Yokogawa IC Pref. Route 55 (Kurino Kajiki Route) 296.0 Kirishima
- Mizobe PA - 302.7
- Kagoshima Airport-Minami BS - 308.6
24 Mizobe-Kagoshima Airport IC   National Route 504 309.8
25-1
25
Kajiki JCT
Kajiki IC
  Higashikyushu Expressway
  National Route 10(Kajiki Bypass)
Pref. Route 55 (Kurino Kajiki Route)
317.5 Aira
- Chōsa BS - 322.2
25-2 Sakurajima SA/SIC 323.6 SIC:Only accessible for Kagoshima
26 Aira IC Pref. Route 57 (Fumoto Shigetomi Teishajō Route) 326.2
- Honjō BS - 330.6 Kagoshima
27 Satsuma-Yoshida IC Pref. Route 16 (Kagoshima Yoshida Route) 334.8
- Kagoshima TB - 336.7 Toll Barrier
28 Kagoshima-Kita IC   National Route 3
Pref. Route 18 (Kagoshima-Kita Interchange Route)
341.9
- Ishiki BS - 342.0
29 Kagoshima IC   Minamikyushu Expressway
  National Route 3(Kagoshima Bypass)
346.2
Through to Ibusuki Skyline
  • The section between Yatsushiro Junction and Ebino Interchange consists of tunnels that run in the mountainous areas; vehicles carrying dangerous goods are forbidden from travelling through these tunnels and must use alternate routes.

LanesEdit

  • 6-lane, Dazaifu to Kurume Interchanges
  • 4-lane, Moji to Dazaifu Interchange and from Kurume to Kagoshima Interchanges

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Kyushu Regional Development Bureau. "Road Timetable". Retrieved 2008-08-31.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Major highway reopens in quake-hit Kumamoto". mainichi.jp. Mainichi Japan. 29 April 2016. Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2016.

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