Wednesday, August 9, was held the opening ceremony of the reconstructed highway 38 (Shaar ha-Gai Beit Shemesh). The route provides a connection Beit Shemesh off highway 1 (Jerusalem-tel Aviv) and dozens of nearby communities.
The event was attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of transport and exploration Yisrael Katz, Knesset member Moshe Gafni, the mayor of Beit Shemesh Moshe Abutbul and heads of the Israel road company («Netivei Israel») Oded Shamir and Nissim Pepper.
The project built 10 bridges, 3 interchanges (Samson, har-Tov, Mesilat-Zion), the reconstructed 15 intersections, installed barrier fencing and lighting along the road. Also was built acodec (the bridge for the safe movement of animals), two of the underpass in the Khan — Western guy and Derech-Burma, stacked interchange, passing over the railroad tracks at the entrance to Beit Shemesh, Bicycle and pedestrian paths.
Reconstruction of the highway included the extension of the road length of about 10 km. Now it is more safe two-way road with two lanes in both directions. The project cost approximately 800 million shekels.
«Now, drivers and users of public transport will be able to make faster and more secure ride. The reconstructed highway will also provide a quality connection to the Central routes,» said transport Minister Yisrael Katz.