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Kadena bypass plan encountering dissent

Date Posted: 2010-09-23

When the central government began planning in 1987 to build a Highway 58 Kadena Bypass to ease traffic jams, everyone was ecstatic.

Today, people aren’t so sure, as other construction in the area has eased the massive traffic jams. Kadena Mayor Tokujitsu Miyagi says it’s still needed, and he prefers a seaside route be developed. Other proponents of a bypass favor a land route, but the projected route would take it through the Mizugama sea coast from Yomitan, but would encounter the U.S. military base Torii Station.

The plan hasn’t been accepted by Kadena residents, although the Southern District of the National Road Office favors a land based route. “Why do we have to give our land for making a road,” asks one resident. “We have already given our land to the military, and we don’t want to give our lands anymore,” says another, who is happy the mayor agrees with them.

Local government will conduct further discussions with the road office to decide whether there’s still a need for the bypass, since the Kadena Rotary has been revamped.

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