Metropolitan Expressway Company (Shutoko)
The Metropolitan Expressway Company Limited (shutoko) engage day and night in the construction, maintenance and management of the major arterial road networks in the Greater Tokyo Area, the Metropolitan Expressway. With the opening of the Yokohama North Line (linking Yokohane Line and Daisan-Keihin Line) in March 2017, the expressways operated by shutoko now extend some 318km in length and have an average traffic volume of some 980 thousands vehicles a day. Amid this situation, they believe their mission is to keep ensuring customers’ safety and security, moreover to provide high-quality services constantly thinking from customers’ view point.
In the Metropolitan Expressway, over a half century passed since the opening in 1962 between Kyobashi and Shibaura has aged its structures progressively, and besides, five times more traffic volume of heavy vehicles comparing with local roads of Tokyo 23 wards imposes a heavy burden on road conditions. Under these circumstances, in order to fulfill its mission, while performing regular inspections and repair works precisely, employing newly introduced technologies like smart infrastructure management system (i-DREAMs®), they implement large-scale renovation and repairment projects, such as Pier Section of Higashi-Shinagawa and Reclamation Area of Samezu.
Along with network development such as Shin Omiya-Ageo Road (Yono-Ageo Minami), launched in 2017 and Yokohama Circular Northwestern Route, measures against bottlenecks such as improvement works of in-between junctions (Itabashi and Kumano-Cho), and traffic safety measures are in progress actively.
Furthermore, in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics they, while making efforts to improve highway landscape, will take a key role in their transportation network to contribute to their success. Going forward, Shutoko will continue making contributions to creating a more affluent and comfortable society through their operations, networking people, communities and daily lives in Tokyo metropolitan area.See more