Drivers on the main Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, who have been suffering worsening rush-hour traffic jams due to a new two-lane tunnel, may be heartened to learn that a new, three-lane section of road will open Sunday just beyond the tunnels, in the direction of Tel Aviv, and that the current speed limit will be raised.
The lanes will run on each side of Route 1 between the community of Motza, just outside Jerusalem, and the Sha’ar Hagai Junction, which links the Jerusalem hills to the coastal plain, the Transportation Ministry announced Monday.
The speed limit will go up from 100 kilometer per hour (62 miles per hour) to 110 kilometers per hour (68 miles per hour).
The opening brings to an end to years of roadworks and delays on that section.
The next stage of the highway’s renovation — costing an estimated NIS 330 million ($92 million) — will see the issuing of a tender for a two-level section of road at the Sakharov Gardens, at the entrance to the capital, and the construction of a new interchange to replace the current traffic lights there.
— Seth Frantzman (@sfrantzman) January 21, 2017
An additional road, for public transportation only, will be built between Motza and the entrance to Jerusalem.