As part of the multiyear project to revamp the main artery from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, a brand new stretch of Road 1 between Ein Hemed and Shoresh is slated to open to traffic next month, the Transportation Ministry announced on Wednesday.
The new road segment will include three lanes in each direction and proper shoulders, as opposed to today's situation of two lanes and lack of shoulders in most of this area.
This portion of Road 1 will be integrated with a new interchange at Neve Ilan inaugurated earlier this week by Netivei Israel-National Transport Infrastructure Company Ltd., which provides Neve Ilan with a connection to Road 1 that did not previously exist, the ministry said. Without this interchange, Neve Ilan residents have been forced to travel 6 km. to the Ein Hemed intersection and then return through Abu Ghosh to Neve Ilan, according to the ministry.
In about a year's time, an additional portion of the new Road 1 will be opened – a 6-km. stretch between Shaar Hagai and Shoresh, where one of the largest ecological bridges of its kind in Israel is currently being built. The bridge, the ministry said, will serve for the safe passage of animals in the vicinity.