The Shin-Tomei and Shin-Meishin Expressway
Since the opening in 1969, the Tomei and Meishin Expressway has served as the great arteries of Japan. With the increase in automobile traffic, the Tomei and Meishin Expressway has been in service for almost 40 years, while experiencing an increase in traffic volume and vehicle size.
The Shin-Tomei and Shin-Meishin Expressway addresses these issues by dispersing traffic, as it form, together with the Tomei and Meishin Expressway, a double network linking the three major metropolitan areas of Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka.
Major Effects of The Shin-Tomei and Shin-Meishin Expressway
- Significant mitigation of traffic congestion
(as shown in the right figure)
- Contribution to quick recovery from natural disaster
The Features of the Shin-Tomei Expressway
The Shin-Tomei Expressway features gentle curves and slopes, making it safer, more comfortable, and more environmentally friendly than the Tomei Expressway.
Automatic Incident Detection and Information Systems
Road obstacles and traffic accidents are automatically detected by real-time monitoring equipment.
Drivers are alerted via on-board ITS units and variable message signboards along the expressway.