traffic jam highway 1 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Residents of the Jerusalem suburbs along Highway 1 were successful in their
attempt to halt the planned expansion of the highway, which they claim will
exacerbate, rather than relieve traffic, and cut off entrances to their
neighborhoods, forcing 200,000 residents to enter and leave their homes through
a single intersection.
In a meeting with the Knesset State Control
Committee, committee chairman Yoel Hasson (Kadima) suggested the residents and
the semi-public National Roads Company meet for a round-table discussion to
address some of the residents’ issues. If the sides cannot come to a
satisfactory conclusion, Hasson will recommend that the State Control Committee
look into the residents’ claims.
The residents have also appealed to the
High Court of Justice for a stop-work order, which will be heard in September.
“The state decided on a certain path for the highway, and made this decision
even though they knew all of the consequences,” said Hasson at the conclusion of
“On the other side, during the process, did they really
consider the opposition or alternatives? Did they take into account the
interests of the groups that will be affected?” he asked.
MK Nahman Shai
(Kadima) slammed the NIS 5 billion proposal for spending large amounts of money
without taking the residents’ concerns into account. “The state is investing
billions of dollars here in a plan that’s not clear if there will be a positive
improvement, neither in the area of creating a shortcut nor in the area of
taking care of traffic jams.
Despite this, the large damage to
populations is very clear and serious,” he said.