Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu participated in the opening of the Carmel Tunnels in Haifa, which will bisect the city and significantly cut travel times.
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon, Science and technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz and Haifa Mayor Yonah Yahav also attended the ceremony, during which the prime minister dedicated the tunnel by riding in an open bus.Prime Minister Netanyahu noted that he was proud to have both laid the project's cornerstone and dedicated it: "The project is part of a transportation revolution, which includes expressways to the Galilee, a railway to Eilat and a railway to link the Jordan Valley with Haifa, all of which will draw the periphery closer to the center of the country.
Construction on the Carmel Tunnels began in 1997.
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