TOKYO — Chuo Expressway repaving begins late Monday, and road officials say traffic will be interrupted in and out of the city.

The expressway is the primary route used by Yokota residents traveling to and from Tokyo.

Expressway passing lanes between the Chofu and Hachioji exits will be closed from midnight Monday until midnight Nov. 20, according to Japan Highway Public Corp., which manages the Chuo Expressway.

Construction is planned only during weekdays.

Drivers can expect a maximum of 160 minutes driving time from Hachioji east to Takaido around 9 a.m., highway officials said in a statement released Friday.

Driving time is expected to be a maximum of 100 minutes from Takaido west to Hachioji between 8 and 10 a.m.

The highway is being repaved with material that helps prevent skidding, noise and splashing, which will improve visibility when it rains, officials said.

New barriers and road signs will be placed.

Construction also takes place from Hachioji west to the Sagamiko exit from Monday morning until Nov. 20.

That portion of the expressway will be blocked from 7:30 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Detour signs will be posted directing motorists to alternate routes.

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Hana Kusumoto is a reporter/translator who has been covering local authorities in Japan since 2002. She was born in Nagoya, Japan, and lived in Australia and Illinois growing up. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and previously worked for the Christian Science Monitor’s Tokyo bureau.

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