Traffic police shut down Route 1 on Thursday morning between the Ben Shemen interchange and the Sakharov Gardens, at the entrance to the capital, due to dangerous road conditions.

Traffic was originally diverted to Route 443, where road conditions were dangerous, as well, and police also shut down that road from Shilat Junction to the capital at around 7:30 a.m.

Heavy fog covering Route 443, as seen from the settlement of Beit Horon. (photo credit: Joshua Davidovich/Times of Israel staff)

Heavy fog covering Route 443, as seen from the settlement of Beit Horon. (photo credit: Joshua Davidovich/Times of Israel staff)

Sections of Routes 1 and 443, the two main arteries connecting the capital with Tel Aviv and the Gush Dan region, were also shut down on Wednesday due to severe road conditions.

Derech Haminharot, also known as the Tunnels Road, remained closed between Jerusalem and Tzur Hadassah. The road is the main connector between the capital and the Gush Etzion settlement bloc to the southeast.

Egged, the capital’s main bus company, said it would not run its buses in or to Jerusalem, citing dangerous road conditions. It said it would restart service on main roads only at some point before noon.

The city’s light rail, which is temporarily shut down due to a technical issue, will continue to give free rides until 2 p.m. according to operator Citipass.

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