A new highway will run from Hachiku to the northern border of the Kansei region, but many locals are not excited about the idea of a new highway.
“The highway is an old highway that will continue to be used until 2030,” said Yoshikazu Suzuki, a senior municipal government official from the Kanseizai city in southern Kyushu prefecture.
“The road will only be used for public transportation and it will only run from the north to the south, and will not be used by people from outside the city,” Suzuki said.
He said a few residents of the city have expressed concern about the highway, but that no one from the municipality has told them about the project.
The highway will have three lanes.
“I’m concerned because I don’t think we will get enough use of the highway,” said a resident named Haruna, who requested her last name not be published.
A sign at the entrance to the highway project site reads, “The highway construction project is on.”
A sign in front of the construction site reads “Construction is underway.”
The sign says the project will take five years.
Aerial view of Highway 75 in Kansei prefecture, Kyushus prefectureOctober 1, 2017.
Photo courtesy of the National Tourism Administration.
Hachiku, or Highway 75, will run north-south from the city of Hachiko to Hachizan, a village near the northern edge of the Kanto region.
It will also have a new bridge connecting Hachikura, about 45 kilometers (25 miles) north of Hichikura city, to the Kanso district, an area where a number of villages and small towns are located.
The Kanso city is about 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Hochiku.
Hachi, the Kanweishu village that sits just west of Hacho City, was established in 1868, and has a population of only about 300 people.
The village’s main road connects Hachika, a town near Hachico, with the Hachizu region, where about 1,500 people live.
The Kanseiseizai municipality of Hachi, which has a prefecture of about 20,000 people, has been in negotiations with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to build a highway.
Mitsuboshi Heavy, which is constructing the highway with a local company, had planned to open the highway in 2021, but Mitsubishis delays in the construction process have slowed the project to 2020.
The new highway, which will be built by Mitsubashi Heavy, is estimated to cost about $1 billion.
Suzuki said that, as of now, Mitsubashis construction plan is for the construction to begin in 2020.
The highway is also being built by the National Transportation Agency.
Construction of the new highway began in the spring of 2020.
A few months later, the National Development and Reform Commission, which oversees local governments, approved the project for the Kan-seizae prefecture and Hachi.
The project is expected to take two to three years to complete.
Kansai Region Planning Commission head, Takashi Kato, said the project is “one of the main priorities” of the region’s development.
Kato said the highway will “benefit our people, but also the region.”
The road project, however, has sparked controversy among local residents.
Some residents, including Kato himself, have expressed concerns about the new route.
“There are some who say this highway will harm the local environment,” Kato told reporters on Monday.
“In my opinion, the Kanseiseis highway will be the most scenic highway in the world,” said the mayor of Hacchan village, who asked not to be named.
He said that there are no trees on the highway and that the road will make it impossible to travel by horseback.
“It will be impossible to walk along the road,” he said.
“We should do away with this highway,” he added.
Residents also say that the highway would cause damage to the surrounding natural area, including the nearby mountain ridge that stretches for nearly three kilometers (two miles) from Hacho to Hachi city.
The road will also disturb the natural environment and destroy some of the nearby rice fields, which provide a source of income for some of Hacha’s 1.2 million residents.
Residents of the Hacho city, which covers about 1.6 million hectares (5.4 million acres), are concerned about the road.
“This highway will bring us more traffic and pollution, and it won’t help us cope with the climate change,” said Kato.
“People who live in Hacho are afraid of the potential for pollution.”