|Trans-Israel Highway (Highway 6)|
The Trans-Israel Highway (or Highway 6) is a central thoroughfare that constitutes the country’s eastern transport corridor. Trans-Israel is Israel’s first toll road. It is approximately 138 km long, from the Ein Tut Interchange in the north to the Ma’ahaz Interchange in the south. Upon its completion, the road is expected to continue to the Shlomi area in Western Galilee and to HaNegev Junction area south of Be’er Sheva.
The roadway connects Israel’s peripheral regions to its center, boosts economic growth, and channels traffic which reduces the level of congestion on highways and allows drivers to cross the country from the Ein Tut Interchange to the Ma’ahaz Interchange in just 75 minutes. In the future, the road will be extended and will run from the Cabri Junction in the north to HaNegev Junction in the south.
Currently, a tender is being conducted to pave the roadway through to the Somech Interchange in the north of the country. This section will contain tunnels of approximately 3.8 km length, at an estimated cost of 3 billion shekels. In addition, the Ministry of Transport and the Trans Israel Highway Company are advancing the continued paving of the southern section of the roadway to the Shoket Junction in the south.
The new sections will improve access to towns in the north and south of the country, will complete the connection of Israel’s periphery to its center, and will shorten the routes to urban centers such as Be’er Sheva in the south and Haifa and the Krayot in the north.
In the last few months, there have been two major developments:
In December 2011, the State of Israel sold its rights in Derech Eretz Ltd., the concessionaire that is operating the highway, to the Noy Fund for 1.4 billion shekels. This sum will be put back into providing services to the public and to motorists.
In February 2012, a third lane was opened in the section between Nahshonim and Givat Koach. The new lane runs for about 6 kilometers in each direction. The second stage in extending the road, from Givat Koach to the Hadid Tunnel, will be completed in late 2012.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 May 2012 10:04|