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[Columns]Bridge's multiplied effects

Using a slide at a regular luncheon meeting at the Kansai Press Club in December, Kotaro Takemura, director general of the KRCB, stressed the effect of the bridges and the benefits of expressways. This position is quite natural from the construction side, but Takemura said the construction of roads and bridges should not be considered from the perspective of the environment, noise and immediate economic effect, but from a long-term viewpoint ・multiplied effects they can bring to the local community.
The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge has brought Tokushima within a two-hour range from the center of Osaka City, and prices of residential areas in Tokushima are gradually rising. Land prices did not soar in the ""bubble"" economy, but they are now going up with the opening of the Ohnaruto and Akashi Kaikyo bridges as well as the completion of the expressway on Awaji Island.
In Shikoku, the number of all-night convenience stores targeting at young people is increasing. According to the KRCB, the opening of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge has enabled such goods deliveries as to keep these stores running for 24 hours a day.
The effect of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is not limited to Shikoku. Private investment totaling 130 billion yen was made in the Kobe Distribution Center near the Fuse-Hatake Interchange of the Seishin Expressway leading to the Sanyo and Hanshin expressways as well as to the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, making it a mammoth logistics base with annual sales of 1,100 billion yen.
Takemura said Shiga Prefecture's manufacturing gross added value per capita had begun to rise suddenly with the opening of the Meishin Expressway and the inauguration of the Shinkansen bullet train service. The opening of the Hokuriku Expressway brought the value to the highest level in the nation in 1987. It is a typical effect of the expressway network.