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Highway 58 corridor most heavily traveled

Date Posted: 2006-07-08

Urasoe City’s Makiminato area has the most heavily traveled road in Okinawa.

A new survey published by the Prefecture General Bureau Office shows Highway 58 through the area has more cars transiting the city than any other. At Makiminato Hospital, the study showed 57,890 cars in 12 hours. The study was conducted September through November 2005.

Officials say Highway 58 is the most heavily traveled in the country, exceeding that of the Kyushu Prefecture area. The data shows that traffic density has increased 103 percent since 1993.

Highway 330, on the other hand, is showing a decrease in traffic density. “Because of many reasons,” the General Bureau Office says, “the area around Highway 330 and others has dropped.” It cites the monorail system which has brought many drivers out of their cars, dropping Route 330 traffic to 55,542 vehicles in a 12-hour period.

Officials note Okinawa’s travel problems are triggered by lack of a rail system on the island, causing citizens to maintain 2-3 cars per household. They also note that Okinawa’s subtropical weather makes it too hot for people to walk even short distances, opting instead to drive.

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