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  • Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line
    views: 6 / posted byvladimir 14 ноября 2009

    The Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, also known as the Trans-Tokyo Bay Highway, is a bridge-tunnel combination across Tokyo Bay in Japan. It connects the city of Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture with the city of Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture, and forms part of National Route 409.

    Photo 1, Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, Japan

    Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line

    Crosses              Tokyo Bay

    Carries               Road bridge

    Locale                Kawasaki, Kanagawa and Kisarazu, Chiba, Japan

    Design                Girder bridge

    Total length        4.4 km

    Material              Steel

    Opening date      1989 - 1997

    Photo 2, Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, Japan

    Photo 3, Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, Japan

    With an overall length of 14 km, it includes a 4.4 km bridge and 9.6 km tunnel underneath the bay—the longest underwater tunnel for cars in the world.

    Photo 4, Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, Japan

    At the bridge-tunnel crossover point, there is an artificial island called Umihotaru ("sea firefly") with a rest area consisting of restaurants, shops and amusement facilities. Air is supplied to the tunnel by a distinctive tower in the middle of the tunnel, called the Kaze no To ("the tower of wind"), which uses the bay's almost-constant winds as a power source.

    Photo 5, Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, Japan

    The road opened on December 18, 1997 after 31 years of construction.


    Comments: 1

    1.Posted by Bui (quote name) 15 октября 2010 - 17:22
    I visited Japan last September 2010. When you go to the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line Bridge I'm really surprised the first modern beauty of the bridge.

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