Japanese repair quake-damaged road just in six days
24 March 2011
Due to the general damage in Japan caused by the massive earthquake and resultant tsunami on March 11, many have questioned if the island nation can recover in a year, much less a few months. If the quickness with which the Japanese can repair roads is any indication, we wouldn't bet against the country cleaning up this catastrophe in short order.
As a result of the quake, a 150-meter section of the Great Kanto Highway in Naka was absolutely obliterated, with massive chasms running right through the middle of the road. Work crews at the NEXCO road repair company sprang into action on March 17, working at a fevered pitch to help get their country on the road to recovery, literally. Amazingly, after only six days of work, the road is silky smooth and ready for go. Look at the before and after photos above to see just how amazing this feat is.
Given the fact that road crews can spend three or more months repairing a single lane of concrete, only to leave the orange barrels on the road for another two weeks, we're blown away by this feat of engineering. Simply amazing.