East Nippon Expressway Ltd.

Atsubetsu ku, Japan

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Atsubetsu ku, Japan
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Xing J.,Nippon Expressway Research Institute Co. | Muramatsu E.,NEXCO East Nippon Highway Engineering Co. | Harayama T.,East Nippon Expressway Company Ltd
International Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems Research | Year: 2014

This paper is focused on an application and evaluation of a lane use balancing measure with the variable message signs (VMS) installed on both sides of a carriageway in a bottleneck of a 3-lane section in one direction on a motorway. This is achieved by providing keep-left related messages on the roadside VMS or on the VMS on both sides, and on the entrance ramp to persuade drivers to use the left hand lanes as much as possible. The VMS resulted in slightly more balanced lane use across the carriageway. As a result, it increased the mean capacity and reduced the breakdown probability at the bottleneck. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.


Katsuchi H.,Yokohama National University | Yamada H.,Yokohama National University | Imai J.,East Nippon Expressway Co.
IABSE Congress Stockholm, 2016: Challenges in Design and Construction of an Innovative and Sustainable Built Environment | Year: 2016

Structural configuration of a cable-stayed suspension bridge with the main span length of 2,500m was analytically studied from aerodynamic stability point of view. Effects of cable-stayed section length, tower height and safety factor of cables were investigated. As a result, the lower tower height and smaller safety factors make the cable-stayed suspension bridge advantageous to the same scale suspension bridge in terms of the structural weight and flutter critical wind speed.


Ishikawa T.,Hokkaido University | Komatsu M.,East Nippon Expressway Company
Procedia Engineering | Year: 2017

In cold regions, frequent incidents of soil slope failures occur due to snowmelt and rainfall. These failures are triggered by an increase in the degree of saturation of soil due to infiltration of water derived from rainfall and snowmelt. This study investigates a soil slope failure occurred on November 27, 2015 at a cut slope of an expressway in Hokkaido, Japan. The soil slope failure is investigated using a recommended stability assessment approach considering non-isothermal coupled seepage flow simulation followed by a limit equilibrium slope stability analysis. It is concluded that at the thawing period, the slope stability is affected by rainfall and snowmelt water infiltration and later in November the failure happened due to overflow of water from a drainage ditch. © 2017 Published by Elsevier Ltd.


Akiyama M.,Waseda University | Abe S.,Obayashi Corporation | Aoki N.,East Nippon Expressway Company Ltd | Suzuki M.,Tohoku University
Engineering Structures | Year: 2012

In this study, a prestressed reinforced concrete pile that uses high-strength material to increase the pile's flexural capacity was developed. The main structural characteristics of the developed pile include (1) the neutral axis is constantly near the centroidal axis of the pile, even if the longitudinal reinforcement yields due to a flexural moment, because the pile has a high axial compressive force that is induced by prestressed steel bars, and hence, the concrete in the compression region can contribute to increasing the flexural strength of the pile; and (2) the flexural strength of the pile increases because the high-strength concrete is confined by high-strength spirals and carbon-fiber sheets in combination with concrete infilling, and, together, these modifications provide a sufficiently high lateral-confinement pressure. The results of bending tests demonstrate that the proposed prestressed reinforced concrete pile with carbon-fiber sheets and concrete infilling had a much higher flexural capacity than a conventional precast concrete pile. In addition, an analytical approach is presented that can be used to obtain the relationship between the bending moment and the curvature of the proposed pile. Even if concrete bridge systems are constructed on strata that can experience soil liquefaction, such as very soft soil, bridge foundations that use the proposed piles could remain undamaged under the design seismic action. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.


Moriyoshi A.,Hokkaido University | Takahashi N.,East Nippon Expressway Ltd. | Ikeda O.,East Nippon Expressway Ltd. | Kawashima M.,East Nippon Expressway Ltd. | Akabane T.,Marubeni Information Systems Ltd.
Construction and Building Materials | Year: 2013

In general rutting in asphalt pavements occurs at high temperatures and cracks occur at cold temperatures. It has been believed that longitudinal cracks mainly arise due to the shear of moving wheels at high temperatures. This research performed wheel tracking tests at 45 °C on asphalt samples in holders which at one end consists of transparent glass. The distribution of the tensile and shear strains using the ARAMIS System for gathering data of the exposed end (30 × 5 cm) of the specimens visible through the transparent glass was measured. Thereafter, specimens (5 × 8 × 2.5 cm) cut from large specimen (5 × 30 × 30 cm) for CT scanner. The width of crack was also analyzed by CT scanner in three dimensional. It was found that the rutting depth in all specimens after 1 h (2400 wheel passes) at 45 °C was smaller than 1 mm, but that the tensile strains in all specimens at 1 hour were 25,000 × 10-6 (2.5%) or larger and a strain of 3.69% which corresponds to a longitudinal crack width of 0.555 mm by CT analysis and ARAMIS system. It was also found that the cracks at the high temperature under the moving wheels were mainly caused by the tensile strain rather than shear strain and the load spreadability in mixtures depends upon the type of mixture and properties of asphalt. It is concluded that both methods are useful to evaluate the damage of mixture. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Fukuda T.,Geoscience Research Laboratory Co. | Takahashi T.,East Nippon Expressway Company | Yamada H.,Konoike Construction Co. | Jiang Y.,Nagasaki University
Harmonising Rock Engineering and the Environment - Proceedings of the 12th ISRM International Congress on Rock Mechanics | Year: 2012

In the design phase of the tunnel, various mechanical constants and their distribution are estimated after comparing research and exploration results with rock mass classification. Based on the estimation, the support pattern is selected and appropriate materials are suggested by numerical analysis, if necessary. In this study, from the perspective of advanced observational construction, we describe the identification of rock physical properties by back analysis and the predictive analysis of long-term deformation of tunnel lining targeting on the tunnel with large deformation. As a result, the most appropriate support pattern was determined by identifying rock physical properties, and an example of long-term predictions of tunnel lining deformation could be presented. © 2012 Taylor & Francis Group, London.


Kasai M.,Tokyo University of Science | Uesugi R.,East Nippon Expressway Company | Takasawa S.,Tokyo University of Science | Terabe S.,Tokyo University of Science
IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Proceedings, ITSC | Year: 2011

This study examines the learning process of users in mode choice behavior through an experiment on iterative trips simulating Dynamic Park and Ride (DP&R) as a new Travel Demand Management (TDM) scheme. The learning process is reviewed by three different analyses: 1) a cross-sectional analysis, 2) a longitudinal analysis using pooled data on experiences in the most recent trial, and 3) a longitudinal analysis that takes into account the cumulative effects of all preceding trials. Findings are summarized as follows: travel times expected by participants have an effect on mode choice, and past experiences as well as the most recent experience also have an effect. The paper concludes with a discussion of the importance of considering learning effects for widespread adoption of a new conceptual TDM scheme. © 2011 IEEE.


Takahashi S.,East Nippon Expressway Co.
Road Materials and Pavement Design | Year: 2013

Porous asphalt has spread widely across Japanese expressways as the standard surface course material since 1998, greatly contributing to the decrease in the number of traffic accidents on wet surface conditions. On the other hand, due to rainwater penetration through the porous surface, water sensitivity of the binder course layer becomes a key issue to secure its durability. This paper summarises the successful performance of porous asphalt surface courses based on a long-term survey over nearly 15 years in fields, also describing the negative impacts of porous asphalt. The experience shows that the durability of the binder course should be taken into consideration when a porous asphalt surface course is applied over old existing roads. This is vitally important if porous asphalt is to perform its excellent functions over a full service life by avoiding unexpected damage of the pavement. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.


Tanikawa T.,East Nippon Expressway Co.
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Forensic Engineering | Year: 2016

In the event of disasters, one of the most important priorities for rescue agencies at an early stage is to secure traffic on routes connecting with the affected areas. In the Great East Japan Earthquake, 2310 km of the expressway network operated by East Nippon Expressway Co., Ltd. (Nexco East) was closed. However, within 20 h approximately 770 km was reopened for ordinary traffic and approximately 1040 km for emergency vehicle use. Thirteen days afterwards, temporary repair works had been completed; all expressways were opened to all traffic, which contributed to emergency restoration activities. Based on the experience of this earthquake, Nexco East has been improving its disaster response capability and developing measures such as the utilisation of rest areas as disaster response bases, introducing inspection procedures in the early stages after disaster occurrence and strengthening cooperation with related organisations. © 2016, Thomas Telford Services Ltd. All rights reserved.


Marumo H.,East Nippon Expressway Co. | Yokota M.,East Nippon Expressway Co.
20th ITS World Congress Tokyo 2013 | Year: 2013

Since Smart Phone(iPhone, Android etc.) use has been becoming widespread recently in Japan, and as these devices are recognized as being high-function information processors, they are also available as information provision devices. The authors developed a safe-driving support system (application), named "Highway Safety", targeting the use of smart phones as devices for collecting and providing information, in order to enhance the safety of road users driving in winter on expressway. Specifically, utilizing image recognition technology to provide advance aural alerts of hazardous places, the authors have developed a system having the following four functions. First, in a function for traffic control alerts, an alarm (message) is transmitted when a vehicle approaches a traffic lane regulation zone, warning the driver that the vehicle is approaching the traffic lane regulation zone or the tail of a traffic congestion. (Warning signs, arrow boards, or rubber cones are automatically detected in real time using image processing.) Second, in a function for requesting safe driving and providing drifting alerts, a caution is issued urging "safe driving" in compliance with expressway regulations, and an alert is issued to prevent accidents in cases where drifting or lane departure is detected automatically. (The white line on the road is detected automatically using image processing.) Third, an alert transmitting function is provided to prevent crashes by measuring the distance from the car ahead. Finally, a warning function is provided regarding accident black spots, developed utilizing the GPS information in a smart phone. A function for providing aural warnings has also been developed utilizing a preset database of accident black spots (near-miss incident points) in winter, obtained from accident statistics and so on. The results of item-by-item field evaluations of the above-mentioned functions and the effectiveness and limitations of this system on expressways are described.

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