Opening of “Ken-oh-dou” tomorrow
Did you know that a new expressway will be opening in Tsukuba tomorrow? The name of the expressway is Ken-oh-dou(圏央道) which is the outermost “circle” of the Sankanjou (ongoing highway project to ease the heavy traffic in Tokyo. ３環状 literally means three circularities). The other two “circles” are Gaikan(外環) and Chuo Kanjou-sen(中央環状線). Ken-ohdou will eventually be connected to Narita and all the way to Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture, or Fujisawa in Kanagawa Prefecture. Please take a look at this map for the Ken-ohdou plan: http://www.ktr.mlit.go.jp/3kanjo/kenoudo/
The expressway that will be opened to traffic is actually the 12km-long section between Tsukuba Ushiku and Ami Higashi, but it’ll be the first stretch of Ken-ohdou to open in Ibaraki Prefecture although the Tsukuba Ushiku Exit’s been open for some time now.
The opening ceremony took place last Saturday. The participants were able to enter this highway and walk around! The various events took place such as traditional taiko performances by difference local groups, quiz-rally and the sales of food and other local specialties(click here for the ceremony details). I wish I could go, and I wish I had a time to announce this event here last week….