Isewangan Expressway

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Isewangan Expressway
伊勢湾岸自動車道 E1A Expressway Japan.jpg
Isewangan Expressway
Route information
Length56.4 km [1] (35.0 mi)
Existed1985 [2] –present
Major junctions
From Toyota-higashi Junction in Toyota, Aichi
E1A Expressway Japan.jpg Shin-Tōmei Expressway
Japanese National Route Sign 0475.svg C3 Expressway (Japan).png Tōkai-Kanjō Expressway
To Yokkaichi-kita Junction in Yokkaichi, Mie
E1A Expressway Japan.jpg Shin-Meishin Expressway
Japanese National Route Sign 0475.svg C3 Expressway (Japan).png Tōkai-Kanjō Expressway
Location
Major cities Nagoya, Kuwana
Highway system
National highways of Japan
Expressways of Japan

The Isewangan Expressway (伊勢湾岸自動車道, Isewangan Jidōshadō) is a national expressway in the Tōkai region of Japan. It is owned and operated by Central Nippon Expressway Company.

Contents

Naming

The route primarily follows the north shore of Ise Bay (wangan means bayshore in Japanese).

Officially, the route has 3 designations. The section from Toyota-higashi Junction to Tōkai Junction is referred to as part of the Second Tōkai Expressway. [3] The section from Tōkai Junction to Tobishima Interchange is referred to as part of National Route 302. [4] This section is not classified as a national expressway but rather as a national highway for motor vehicles only with national expressway concurrency. There is no difference in the design standard of this section compared with the rest of the expressway. Finally, the section from Tobishima Interchange to Yokkaichi-kita Junction is referred to as part of the Kinki Expressway Nagoya Kobe Route. [3]

Overview

The Isewangan is planned to link the future Shin-Tōmei Expressway to the east and Shin-Meishin Expressway to the west. These 3 expressways will replace the Tōmei Expressway and Meishin Expressway as the primary roadway linking Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka.

The first segment (Meikō-Chūō Interchange to Tobishima Interchange) was opened in 1985 as the Isewangan Road and the most recent addition was opened in 2005. [2] The final segment (Yokkaichi Junction to Yokkaichi-kita Junction) is planned to connect with extensions to the Shin-Meishin Expressway and Tōkai-Kanjō Expressway. The route is 6 lanes for its entire length.

The expressway features several impressive bridges. Three bridges span the Nagoya Port area (collectively known as the Meikō Triton) and two bridges span the Kiso River and Ibi River (collectively known as the Twinkle Bridges).

List of interchanges and features

No.NameConnectionsDist. from
Origin
Dist. from
Terminus
NotesLocation
Through to E1A Expressway Japan.jpg Shin-Tōmei Expressway
1 Toyota-higashi JCT Japanese National Route Sign 0475.svg C3 Expressway (Japan).png Tōkai-Kanjō Expressway 0.056.4 Toyota Aichi
BR Toyota Arrows Bridge Yahagi River crossing
Cable-stayed bridge, Length - 820 m
2 Toyota-higashi IC Japanese National Route Sign 0248.svg National Route 248 3.153.3
(19-1) Toyota JCT E1 Expressway (Japan).png Tōmei Expressway 5.051.4
3 Toyota-minami IC Pref. Route 56 (Nagoya Okazaki Route)12.643.8
PA Kariya PA 15.940.5Highway Oasis Kariya
4 Toyoake IC Japanese National Route Sign 0001.svg National Route 1
Japanese National Route Sign 0023.svg National Route 23 (Meishi Highway/Chiryū Bypass)
Pref. Route 57 (Seto Ōbu Tōkai Route)
20.236.2 Toyoake
5 Nagoya-minami JCT C2 Expressway (Japan).png Mei-Nikan Expressway
Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0003.svg Nagoya Expressway Ōdaka Route
25.530.9 Midori-ku, Nagoya
Nagoya-minami IC Japanese National Route Sign 0023.svg National Route 23 (Meishi Highway)Toyota-bound exit, Yokkaichi-bound entrance only
6 Ōbu IC Japan road sign 325.svg Chitahantō Road (Ōbu-nishi IC)
Japanese National Route Sign 0302.svg National Route 302
27.029.4 Ōbu
Tōkai
7 Tōkai IC Japanese National Route Sign 0302.svg National Route 302
Japanese National Route Sign 0247.svg National Route 247
29.926.5
7-1 Tōkai JCT Japanese Urban Expwy Sign 0004.svg Nagoya Expressway Tōkai Route
BR Meikō-higashi Bridge Cable-stayed bridge
Length - 700 m
Minato-ku, Nagoya
8 Meikō-Shiomi IC Pref. Route 225 (Nagoya Higashi Kō Route)32.424.0
BR Meikō-chūō Bridge Cable-stayed bridge
Length - 1,170 m
9 Meikō-chūō IC 34.821.6
BR Meikō-nishi Bridge Cable-stayed bridge
Length - 758 m
Tobishima
10 Tobishima IC Japanese National Route Sign 0302.svg National Route 302 37.618.8
- Tobishima JCT C2 Expressway (Japan).png Mei-Nikan Expressway --opening in 2020
11 Wangan-Yatomi IC Pref. Route 71 (Nagoya Nishi Kō Route)40.515.9Yokkaichi-bound exit, Toyota-bound entrance only Yatomi
12 Yatomi-Kisozaki IC Pref. Route 103 (Yokkaichi Suzuka Route)43.313.1Toyota-bound exit, Yokkaichi-bound entrance only
BR Kisogawa Bridge Length - 1,145m
Kuwana Mie
13/PA Wangan-Nagashima IC/PA Pref. Route 7 (Suigō Kōen Route)45.910.5
BR Ibigawa Bridge Length - 1,397m
14 Wangan-Kuwana IC Pref. Route 69 (Wangan-Kuwana Inter Route)48.48.0
BR Inabegawa Bridge
Kawagoe
15 Mie-Kawagoe IC Japanese National Route Sign 0023.svg National Route 23 (Meishi Highway)
Pref. Route 401 (Kuwana Yokkaichi Route)
50.26.2
16 Mie-Asahi IC Pref. Route 66 (Yokkaichi Asahi Route)54.22.2Toyota-bound exit, Yokkaichi-bound entrance only Yokkaichi
(29-1) Yokkaichi JCT E23 Expressway (Japan).png Higashi-Meihan Expressway 56.40.0
Through to E1A Expressway Japan.jpg Shin-Meishin Expressway

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