Akita Expressway

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  • Iwate
  • Akita

The Akita highway (Japanese秋田 自动 车道, Akita jidōshadō, short秋田 道, Akitadō; . Engl Akita Expressway) is a highway in Japan. The highway is an east -west route through the north of the island of Honshū, Kitakami over to Akita Noshiro. The highway is 187 km long. Large parts of the route due to low traffic density is only one lane. Overtaking is not usually possible.

Street Description

The highway begins in Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture in the south of, in a wide valley that runs from north to south. The node with the Tōhoku Expressway begins the Akita highway with 2x1 lane and heads west. The area where changes abruptly from flat to mountainous and the road climbs a short distance to over 200 meters. The trail passes through a large number of single-tube tunnel, where the speed at a maximum of 70 or 80 km / h applies. In the area around Yokote the road leads flatter areas, and then turns to the north- west. The highway here has 2x2 lanes. The west coast of Honshu is hilly with mountains of low height and with many forests. South of Akita ends Nihonkai Tohoku highway, which runs according to Sakata. From here, the highway has again only 2x1 lane and up to the end of the motorway.


The street was a building program by the Japanese government in 1983. On July 25, opened in 1991, the first part to Akita. On 17 March 1993, followed by a part in Noshiro, Akita northern end of the motorway. Opened between 1994 and 1997, several parts halfway to Yokote. On 13 November 1997, the last part was opened. Between 2001 and 2004 several parts were expanded to 2x2 lanes, especially between Morioka and Akita. On 1 October 2005, the highway was privatized.

Opening the data highway


The intensities of the Akita highway are very low, so that the highway on a road has large sections of the route. Between Kitakami and Yokote 5500-7100 vehicles per day, increasing to a maximum of 10,200 vehicles in Akita. Further north, this decreases to 5,000 vehicles per day.

Expansion of roadways