New road opens to bypass Road 90 sinkholes near Ein Gedi

Entrance to the bypass road is open in both directions, with travel limited to a 50-km. per hour speed and regulated by four traffic circles.

July 8, 2015 18:13
1 minute read.
New bypass road near the Dead Sea

New bypass road near the Dead Sea. (photo credit: NETIVEI ISRAEL)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


As the country’s Dead Sea region prepares for an influx of tourists this summer, a new road opened on Wednesday night to bypass sinkholes in the Ein Gedi area.

The 2-km. road, which runs parallel to Route 90 from the Ein Gedi youth hostel to the kibbutz’s agricultural fields, is the result of a NIS 24 million, two-year project conducted by Netivei Israel-National Transport Infrastructure Company Ltd. On Wednesday night, entrance to the bypass road was opened in both directions, with travel limited to a 50-km.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

per hour speed and regulated by four traffic circles, the company said.

In order to enable safe entry to the industrial area of Kibbutz Ein Gedi, the bypass road will be integrated with the so-called “Irish Bridge,” whose construction Netivei Israel also recently finished, the firm added.

All work on the bypass road occurred in full partnership with the Tamar Regional Council, according to Netivei Israel.

“Route 90 is a major traffic artery in the council and enables the transport of thousands of tourists and residents each day,” said Tamar Regional Council chairman Dov Litvinoff on Wednesday morning.

“With the understanding that this routine must be preserved, together with the Transportation Ministry and Netivei Israel, we were able to promote the sinkhole bypass road... with the goal of causing no harm to the summer months that are overflowing with tourists.”


Netivei Israel described the region as “one of the world’s most complex areas geologically,” due to the accelerated occurrence of sinkholes there in recent years caused by the lowering of the Dead Sea level and the sinking of land.

This past winter, sinkholes were particularly problematic, as the worsening conditions were exacerbated by poor weather. The appearance of new sinkholes caused road closures, as well as the need to quickly erect a temporary alternative lane in January for the immediate kibbutz area, because the official 2-km. bypass was still under construction.

Throughout the rainy season, additional sinkholes occurred, leading to traffic jams and other problems for the region.

While construction on the new bypass road has been completed, Litvinoff stressed that “Netivei Israel, the Transportation Ministry and Tamar Regional Council are regularly examining engineering solutions for the entire region.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Workers strike outside of the Teva building in Jerusalem, December 2017
December 18, 2017
Workers make explosive threats as massive Teva layoff strikes continue