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Third way to connect Japan’s main island with Kyushu

FUKUOKAMay 11 (News about Japan) –
Kitakyushu11 May (News about Japan) – Preliminary route plans have been consolidated for a third road connecting Kitakyushu city in Fukuoka Prefecture with Shimonoseki city in Yamaguchi Prefecture, including a 2.2-kilometer-long bridge over the Strait of Kanmon between Honshu and Kyushu.

The drafted preliminary plan outlines a route of about 8 kilometers from the Kitakyushu Urban Expressway Hiagari exit in Kitakyushu’s Kokurakita district to the former Hikoshima Toll Road in Shimonoseki, which includes a bridge spanning about 2.2 kilometers over the Kanmon Strait.

The Japanese national government, together with the prefectural and municipal authorities, sent the reference drawings to Kitakyushu and Yamaguchi prefectures on May 10, proceeding with urban planning procedures.

The project cost is estimated at between 290 billion and 350 billion yen.

A resident of Kitakyushu was optimistic about the new route. “It would be nice because it would make the trip there much faster if we could just drive through here. The question is whether it is worth spending that much money.”

A community meeting for local landowners will be held soon, after which the specific route will be announced.

Source: FBS

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