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Tokyo to move highway above landmark bridge underground

Relocating Metropolitan Expressway is seen as a chance for urban redevelopment

The Metropolitan Expressway runs directly over Nihonbashi Bridge.

TOKYO -- Japan's capital is moving forward with plans to take an elevated highway running over the famed Nihonbashi Bridge underground, a project sought after by locals who have long protested that the current structure obstructs views from the landmark.

"Nihonbashi is the source of Japan's roads," said Land and Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii at the press conference Friday. "It will be reborn as a place where you can see the clear sky."

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