Tuesday, January 30, was held the opening ceremony of the bypass road of Nabi Elias. It was attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of transport and exploration Yisrael Katz. The highway connects Neve Yemin, and Kfar Saba with karnei Shomron and the nearby villages.
The road built under the five-year programme of the Minister of transport and exploration Yisrael Katz for the development of road infrastructure and public transportation in Judea and Samaria.
The new route connects with highway 55 and connects the settlements Zophim, Alfe Menashe, mA’ale Shomron, karnei Shomron, Nofim, Yakir, Emanuele with Kedumim and Kfar Saba and Herzlia.
As noted by Israel Katz, the opened road will significantly improve both civil and road safety in Judea and Samaria. The Minister reminded that the highway is a detour of the village of Nabi Elias, where in the past there have been several terrorist attacks.
Katz noted that the highway Nabi Elias — the first of several bypass routes, the construction of which is planned under the five-year program. «Our goal is to ensure the safety and improve the quality of life of our citizens in the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria. We continue our work aimed at improving transport infrastructures and strengthening the settlements», — said the Minister.
In the five-year plan for the development of Judea and Samaria today is working to promote an additional bypass tracks. Among the projects — the track «lion of Yehuda» in a detour of the village of al-Aroub. The road will provide a fast connection with the area of Yehuda, Kira-Arba, Hebron with Jerusalem. Another example of a bypass circuit Huwara, which will provide better connecting Northern Samaria with Ariel and center.
Minister Katz said that the programme aimed to improve infrastructure, will provide impetus to the development of Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem, like the changes that have occurred and continue to occur in the Negev and the Galilee.
The head of the transport Ministry noted that this large-scale project is estimated at billions of shekels, and in addition to raising the level of civil and road safety local residents, aims to improve transport accessibility.
«When this five-year mega-project is complete, the road transport infrastructure in Judea and Samaria will significantly improve. It is important to note that the program also takes into account projected population growth,» summed up Minister Yisrael Katz.