History

1960

Construction of the Metropolitan Expressway began in 1959. Its first section opened between Kyobashi and Shibaura in 1962.
In 1964, Haneda Airport and Tokyo Olympics Venues were connected.

* Total length: 71.3km (as of the end of FY 1969)Average daily traffic
volume: 323,000 vehicles (as of FY 1969)

1960
  • Route opened during FY 1962 - 1964
    (1964 : Tokyo Olympics)
  • Route opened during FY 1965-1969
  • All route of Metropolitan Expressway(as of 2017)

1960 History

1962

December 20
First part opened in Metropolitan Expressway

Kyobashi - Shibaura (4.5km) opened
Toll: 50 yen (Tokyo Metropolitan zone/standard size vehicles)

First part opened in Metropolitan Expressway

1963

December 21
First junction in Metropolitan Expressway opened

Honcho - Kyobashi (2.2km)
Shibaura - Suzugamori (6.1km)
Gofukubashi - Edobashi JCT (0.6km) opened

First junction in Metropolitan Expressway opened

1964

August 2
Connecting between Haneda Airport & Tokyo Olympic venues

Suzugamori - Airport West (4.8km)
Shiodome JCT - Shinbashi (0.3km)
Kandabashi - Hatsudai (9.8km)
Gofukubashi - Kandabashi (0.4km) opened

Connecting between Haneda Airport & Tokyo Olympic venues
September 21

Miyakezaka JCT - Kasumigaseki (1.4km) opened

October 1
Tokyo Olympics-related roads completed nine days prior to opening ceremony

Hamazakibashi JCT - Shibakoen (1.4km)
Shibuya - Shibuya (1.3km) opened

Tokyo Olympics-related roads completed nine days prior to opening ceremony

1966

July 2

Kyobashi JCT (0.1km) opened

December 21

Airport West - Haneda (0.8km) opened

1967

March 30

Takebashi JCT - Nishi-kanda (1.2km) opened

July 4
Inner Circular Route completed

Shibakoen - Kasumigaseki (3.7km) opened

Inner Circular Route completed
September 2

Tanimachi JCT - Shibuya (2.7km) opened

September 30
Route 2 (Meguro Line) completed

Ichinohashi JCT - Togoshi (5.9km) opened

Route 2 (Meguro Line) completed

1968

July 19
First Kanagawa Route opened. Total length exceeded 50km

Higashi-kanagawa - Asada (6.8km) opened

First Kanagawa Route opened. Total length exceeded 50km
November 28

Asada - Haneda (6.9km) opened

1969

May 31
Route 1 (Ueno Line) completed

Iriya - Honcho (3.5km) opened

Route 1 (Ueno Line) completed
June 27

Nishi-kanda - Gokokuji (3.9km) opened

December 19

Gokokuji - Kita-ikebukuro (3.0km) opened

1970

In 1971, an originally planned section of approximately 71-kilometers was developed to near-completion. The radial routes were extended sequentially and connected with other expressways such as the Tomei Expressway and the Chuo Expressway.

* Total length: 138.7km (as of the end of FY 1979)
Average daily traffic volume: 704,000 vehicles (as of FY 1979)

1970
  • Routes opened during FY 1970-1979
  • Routes opened by FY 1969
  • All route of Metropolitan Expressway(as of 2017)

1970 History

1971

March 21
Route 7 (Komatsugawa Line) completed,connecting to Keiyo Road

Edobashi JCT - Mukojima (7.9km)
Ryogoku JCT - Connecting section to Keiyo Road (10.4km) opened

Route 7 (Komatsugawa Line) completed,connecting to Keiyo Road
December 21
Route 3 (Shibuya Line) completed, connecting to Tomei Expressway

Shibuya - Connecting section to Tomei Expressway (7.9km) opened

1972

August 7

Higashi-kanagawa - Yokohama Sta.W (2.2km) opened

1973

February 15
Yaesu Route completed.
Total length exceeded 100km

Nishi-ginza JCT - Kandabashi JCT (1.6km) opened

Yaesu Route completed.Total length exceeded 100km
August 15

Eifuku - Takaido (2.5km) opened

October 27

Hatsudai - Eifuku (4.0km) opened

1976

May 18
Route 4 (Shinjuku Line) completed, connecting to Chuo Expressway

Connecting section to Chuo Expressway (0.7km) opened

Route 4 (Shinjuku Line) completed, connecting to Chuo Expressway
August 12
Tokyo Port Tunnel opened

Oi - Rinkai Fukutoshin (2.8km) opened

1977

August 19

Kita-ikebukuro - Takashimadaira (8.6km) opened

1978

January 20
First section of route in Chiba Prefecture opened

Shin-kiba - Urayasu (6.0km) opened

First section of route in Chiba Prefecture opened
March 7
Kanagawa Route 1 (Yokohane Line) completed

Yokohama-koen - Kinko JCT (4.0km)
Yokohama Sta.W - Connecting section to Daisan
Keihin (1.8km) opened

Kanagawa Route 1 (Yokohane Line) completed

1980

In 1982, the Metropolitan Expressway was connected with the Higashi-Kanto Expressway and exceeded 150 kilometers in total length.This expressway was subsequently connected with the Joban Expressway as well as the Tohoku Expressway. In 1989, the total number of vehicles utilizing the Metropolitan Expressway had exceeded five billion.

* Total length: 217.4km (as of the end of FY 1989)
Average daily traffic volume: 1,045,000 vehicles (as of FY 1989)

1980
  • Routes opened during FY 1980-1989
  • Routes opened by FY 1979
  • All route of Metropolitan Expressway(as of 2017)

1980 History

1980

February 5
Route 9 (Fukagawa Line) completed

Hakozaki JCT - Shin-kiba (7.0km) opened

Route 9 (Fukagawa Line) completed

1981

May 19

Ariake - Tatsumi JCT (1.7km) opened

1982

March 3

Mukojima - Senju-shinbashi (5.2km) opened

April 27
Route in Chiba Prefecture completed, connecting to Higashi-Kanto Expressway.
Total length exceeded 150km

Urayasu - Connecting section to Higashi-Kanto Expressway (6.9km) opened

Route in Chiba Prefecture completed, connecting to Higashi-Kanto Expressway.Total length exceeded 150km

1983

February 24

Oi - Tokai JCT (5.1km) opened

November 30

Horikiri JCT - Yotsugi (1.4km) opened

1984

February 2

Shin-yamashita - Yokohama-koen (1.8km) opened

December 12

Rinkai Fukutoshin - Ariake (1.8km) opened

1985

January 24
First route in Saitama Prefecture, Route 6 (Misato Line) completed,
connecting to Joban Expressway

Kosuge JCT - Misato JCT (10.6km) opened

First route in Saitama Prefecture, Route 6 (Misato Line) completed, connecting to Joban Expressway

1987

September 9
East segment of Central Circular Route completed, connecting to Tohoku Expressway.
Total length exceeded 200km

Yotsugi - Kasai JCT (11.2km)
Senju-shinbashi - Kawaguchi JCT opened

East segment of Central Circular Route completed, connecting to Tohoku Expressway. Total length exceeded 200km

1989

February 11
Cumulative total traffic volume exceeded 5 billion vehicles
September 27
Yokohama Bay Bridge opened

Namamugi JCT - Shin-yamashita (8.8km) opened

Yokohama Bay Bridge opened
December 16

Oi JCT completed, connecting Route 1 (HanedaLine) with Bay Shore Route

1990

The Metropolitan Expressway was connected with the Yokohama Yokosuka Road in 1990, the Tokyo Gaikan Expressway in 1993, and the Tokyo-Wan Aqua Line in 1997. The Rainbow Bridge and the Tsurumi Tsubasa Bridge were also opened in this period.

* Total length: 263.4km (as of the end of FY 1999)
Average daily traffic volume: 1,159,000 vehicles (as of FY 1999)

1990
  • Routes opened during FY 1990-1999
  • Routes opened by FY 1989
  • All route of Metropolitan Expressway(as of 2017)

1990 History

1990

March 20
Kanagawa Route 3 (Kariba Line) ccompleted, connecting to Yokohama Yokosuka Road

Ishikawacho JCT - Connecting section to Yokohama Yokosuka Road (7.7km) opened

Kanagawa Route 3 (Kariba Line) ccompleted, connecting to Yokohama Yokosuka Road
November 27

Takashimadaira - Toda-minami (2.6km) opened

1993

August 26
Rainbow Bridge opened

Shibaura JCT - Ariake JCT (5.0km) opened

Rainbow Bridge opened
September 27

Haneda Airport - Tokai JCT (4.2km) opened

October 26
Route 5 (Ikebukuro Line) connecting to Tokyo Gaikan Expressway

Toda-minami - Bijogi JCT (2.2km) opened

1994

December 21
Tsurumi Tsubasa Bridge opened

Daikoku JCT - Haneda Airport (16.4km) opened

Tsurumi Tsubasa Bridge opened

1997

December 12
Ukishima Ramp opened
December 18
Kawasaki-Ukishima JCT completed, connecting to Tokyo-Wan Aqua Line

1998

May 18
Saitama Omiya Route opened

Bijogi JCT - Yono (8.0km) opened

Saitama Omiya Route opened

1999

July 15

Connecting section to Yokohama Yokosuka Road -Sugita (3.5km)
Sankeien (tentative) -Honmoku-futo (4.1km) opened

2000

In 2001, the total number of vehicles utilizing the Metropolitan Expressway exceeded 10 billion, and general ETC service began at 11 tollbooths.In 2005, the “Metropolitan Expressway Company Limited” was established.

* Total length: 299.3km (as of the end of FY 2009)
Average daily traffic volume: 1,120,000 vehicles (as of FY 2009)

2000
  • Routes opened during FY 2000-2009
  • Routes opened by FY 1999
  • All route of Metropolitan Expressway(as of 2017)

2000 History

2000

April 17
Shintoshin-Nishi Ramp opened

2001

March 24
Cumulative total traffic volume exceeded 10 billion vehicles
March 30
ETC service introduced to public at 11 toll gates
October 22
Entire Bay Shore Route opened

Sugita - Sankeien (7.0km) opened

Entire Bay Shore Route opened

2002

March 29
Seishincho Ramp opened
April 30

Kawasaki-Ukishima JCT - Tonomachi (3.5km) opened

December 25
North segment of Central Circular Route completed

Itabashi JCT - Kohoku JCT (7.1km) opened

North segment of Central Circular Route completed

2004

May 26
Saitama Shintoshin Route opened

Shintoshin-nishi - Shintoshin (2.3km) opened

Saitama Shintoshin Route opened

2005

October 1
"Metropolitan Expressway Company Limited” established

2006

August 4
Saitama Shintoshin Route completed

Shintoshin - Saitama-Minuma (3.5km) opened

Saitama Shintoshin Route completed

2007

November 21
Yokohama-koen Ramp in Kanagawa Route 1 (Yokohane Line) opened
December 22
Central Circular Route between Route 4 (Shinjuku Line) and Route 5 (Ikebukuro Line) opened

Nishi-Shinjuku JCT - Kumanocho JCT (6.7km)opened

Central Circular Route between Route 4 (Shinjuku Line) and Route 5 (Ikebukuro Line) opened

2008

February 25
Traffic volume of ETC-equipped vehicles exceeded 1 billion

2009

February 11
Toyosu Ramp in Route 10 (HarumiLine) opened (1.5km)
Toyosu Ramp in Route 10 (HarumiLine) opened (1.5km)
March 29
Daishi Ramp bound for Yokohama in Kanagawa Route 1 (Yokohane Line) opened

2010

In 2012, the tolling system was shifted from flat toll to distance-based tolls. In 2015, the entire Central Circular Route was opened, and this was followed by the Yokohama-kita Line in 2017.The total length reached approximately 320 kilometers.

* Total length: 318.9km (as of the end of FY 2016)
Average daily traffic volume: 983,000 vehicles (as of FY 2016)

2010
  • Routes opened during FY 2010-2016
  • Routes opened by FY 2009
  • All route of Metropolitan Expressway(as of 2017)

2010 History

2010

March 28
Central Circular Route between Route 3 (Shibuya Line)
and Route 4 (Shinjuku Line) opened

Ohashi JCT - Nishi-Shinjuku JCT (4.3km) opened

Central Circular Route between Route 3 (Shibuya Line) and Route 4 (Shinjuku Line) opened
October 20
Kanagawa Route 6 (Kawasaki Line) opened.
Total length exceeded 300km

Tonomachi - Daishi JCT (2.0km) opened

Kanagawa Route 6 (Kawasaki Line) opened. Total length exceeded 300km

2012

January 1
Toll system shifted from flat rate to distance-based rate

2015

March 7
Central Circular Route between Bay Shore Route and Route 3 (Shibuya Line) opened.
Central Circular Route completed

Oi JCT - Ohashi JCT (9.4km) opened

Central Circular Route between Bay Shore Route and Route 3 (Shibuya Line) opened. Central Circular Route completed

2016

March 29
Oji-minami Ramp Opened
April 1
Pricing by vehicle types (5 classes) introduced in distance-based rate

2017

March 18
Kanagawa Route 7 (Yokohama-kita Line) opened

Namamugi JCT - Yokohama-Kohoku JCT (8.2km) opened

Kanagawa Route 7 (Yokohama-kita Line) opened