Intensive Maintenance Work by All-lane Closures

This method is aimed to minimize the impact on traffic in a central city area by conducting road construction intensively at once. Major construction targets include road pavement and expansion joints.
Hanshin Expressway(HEX) adopted this method in 1973, and then HEX has carried out works under it approximately once in every year since 1985.
Before starting such intensive maintenance works, HEX uses to ask for cooperation on the work through publicity campaign by wide dissemination and intensive advertisement.

Effectiveness of Intensive repair work (FY2007: Sakai Route / Nishi-Osaka Route)
Item Traffic control
(only weekend)
All-lane closure Benefits
Work duration 241days
(about 5 years)
Social loss
(time loss cost of drivers)
9.2billion JPY 5.9billion JPY ▲3.3billion JPY ↓
Traffic congestion amount 6,001km·h 173km·h 1/35 ↓
Pavement repair work
Pavement repair work
Expansion Joint repair work
Expansion Joint repair work