Tomei Expressway to Mark 50 Years of Full Opening

Politics

Tokyo, May 22 (Jiji Press)--The 347-kilometer Tomei Expressway, running through a key business corridor between Tokyo and Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, is set to mark on Sunday the 50th anniversary of its full opening in 1969.

It has supported the growth and development of Japan. Economic ripple effects from the expressway over the past half century are estimated at some 60 trillion yen, according to Central Nippon Expressway Co., or Nexco-Central, which operates the route.

"The Tomei Expressway is an essential artery for the movement of people and goods," a logistics company official said.

After 50 years, however, the expressway, connecting Tokyo's Setagaya Ward and Komaki in Aichi via Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures, now faces an urgent need for renovation of its facilities, including tunnels, due to aging.

"Measures against aging are important for keeping the expressway in good condition," a Nexco-Central official said. "We will do all we can."

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