Japan National Route 6 in Fukushima is opened on September 15.

September 9, 2014

On 15, Route 6 in the difficult to return area will be fully opened.
(Fukushima Minyu News, September 9, 2014)

This concerns the regulation of difficult to return area of Futaba. Due to the nuclear plant accident, Okuma and Futaba, along the national route 6, have had minimal access, limited to service vehicles. The government decided to remove this regulation as of September 15.
This is 3 years and 6 months after the disaster.

Route 6 was divided to the north and south in this area, and all but specially permitted vehicles had to go around. With that regulation removed, any vehicle can now go through directly.
The government is going to inaugurate a sequential opening of Joban Expressway in this area by Golden Week in next year.

An increase in the quantity of traffic in this area is anticipated.
On the other hand, there is concern about a potential increase in crime.
Prefectural police and local Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters in each town, are discussing the regulation of approaches to surrounding roads.
They anticipate using security cameras to quantify and identify cars in the area.

In addition, concerning the construction of an interim storage facility, which the prefecture accepted, the contaminated soil resulting from decontamination will be transported after next year.

As Route 6 is the transport route for contaminated soil, protection plans become a future problem, including the measures regulating scattering from transportation vehicles.

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