Posted in: Infrastructure,
by Patrick DeHaan on Mar 24, 2011 11:11 AM
You've all seen the pictures and devastation of the Japanese earthquake all over the media. You might have seen the picture of a Japanese highway, shredded up by the earthquake, leaving gaping holes and eating asphalt for hundreds of feet. Now, just six days later, NEXCO has completely repaired the torn road, complete with highway guardrails, lane markings, and more importantly, no gaping holes.
According to the Daily Mail, "Work began on March 17 and six days later the cratered section of the Great Kanto Highway in Naka was as good as new. It was ready to re-open to traffic last night."
Is it impressive that the Japanese quickly rebuilt a huge section of highway, or is it depressing that roads here in the United States (or at least north country) are terrible?
The pictures from the AP and via the Daily Mail.