Israel’s most expensive road set to open tonight

A new road, the most expensive in Israel’s history, is set to be opened this evening to enable drivers to transfer between the trans-Israel and coastal routes without passing a single traffic light.

Route 531 connects Route 6, a toll road that goes from the south of the country to the north, with the coastal Route 2 that runs along the shore line.

Road 6, seen from the Horashim junction (CC BY-SA 3.0 Yaakov/Wikimedia)
Road 6, seen from the Horashim junction (CC BY-SA 3.0 Yaakov/Wikimedia)

The project, 10 years in the making, cost some NIS 4.7 billion ($1.29 billion), twice the original estimate.

A key interchange, the South Ra’anana Interchange, inaugurated by the Transportation Ministry and the National Roads Company, cost NIS 1 billion to construct and has four levels of traffic as well as a rail line through it. The interchange handles the complex movement of traffic between Route 531 and Route 4 leading to the north of the country.

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