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News Tokyo to remove Nihonbashi flyover

thomas

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I wish it wasn't restricted to Nihonbashi: Metropolitan Expressway Co. will start removing the elevated expressway built over the Kandagawa in the Nihonbashi area. The project is scheduled to be completed by May 2041.

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Photo credit: Mitsui Fudosan Co.


Metropolitan Expressway Co. invited media Friday to view the work to remove the elevated expressway, which will be rerouted underground as part of a 320 billion yen ($2.3 billion) renewal project. [...] The expressway was built as part of the network connecting 1964 Tokyo Olympics venues with Haneda airport. A significant portion of the expressway in central Tokyo was built over rivers and canals to minimize the need for land purchase negotiations and complete construction in time for the Olympics. Metropolitan Expressway plans to construct a 1.1-kilometer underground tunnel in the area while removing the overpass by March 2041. [...] The cost of the replacement work will be shouldered by the expressway operator, municipalities and companies planning the redevelopment of the Nihombashi area.

 
Provided that JREF will still be around in 19 years, we'll be among the first to show pictures of the unobstructed Kandagawa. 😅


Nihonbashi Bridge 1960:

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If they can get the water as clean as it is in that image, it'll be nothing less than a miracle. But I'd love to see it.
 
If they can get the water as clean as it is in that image, it'll be nothing less than a miracle. But I'd love to see it.

I have no sources to back it up, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's cleaner today than in the 1960s.
 
In Fukuoka 1971&72 . each summer the base beach had to be bulldozed clean of tons of plastic waste to use it. The rivers that ran through Fukuoka were always filled with trash ; smelly & dirty.
 
In Fukuoka 1971&72 . each summer the base beach had to be bulldozed clean of tons of plastic waste to use it. The rivers that ran through Fukuoka were always filled with trash ; smelly & dirty.
The river flowing through the present Fukuoka city is such a feeling.


River Cruise Hakata / Nakasu / Nakagawa Water Bus | Fukuoka Hakata Water Sightseeing
 
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