Today, November 18, is Civil Engineering Day in Japan, when the work of people who build the country’s massive infrastructure is celebrated. Since we marked the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year (and last) it’s only fitting that we mention another Olympics-inspired project: the Haneda Route, or Route 1 of the Shuto Expressway system. Connecting Haneda Airport with central Tokyo, construction began in 1962 in anticipation of the 1964 Summer Games. The expressway was opened in sections, with the section pictured above, by the Higashi-Shinagawa Pier and and Keihin Canal, opened to traffic in December 1963. The route has evolved over the decades. This once close-to-sea-level section has been replaced with an elevated one, and where Cedrics and Crowns roamed in 1963, Subaru and Mazda SUVs run today. Happy Civil Engineering Day from JNC.