The Transportation Project in South Jerusalem Will Significantly Reduce Traffic Congestion
Construction of the Asher Viner Tunnel, part of the grade separation project at the Asher Viner – Moshe Bar’am – Hebron Road Junction. The purpose of the project is to significantly improve the flow of traffic in the junction and provide a future traffic solution for reducing the large volume of traffic expected with the construction of thousands of new housing units in the area.
Last week a tender was issued for a 299-meter-long tunnel which will cross the junction of Asher Viner and Moshe Bar’am streets where they connect to Hebron Road, which will be a major part of the project.
The Jerusalem Municipality and the Ministry of Transport, through the Moriah Company and the Jerusalem Master Plan for Transportation, are continuing the work on the grade separation project at the Asher Viner – Moshe Bar’am – Hebron Road Junction. The grade separation project is a very important transportation project which will create a significant reduction in traffic volume, will greatly improve the flow of traffic at the intersection of Viner Street, Bar’am Street and Hebron Road and will allow for the safe flow of traffic. In addition, the project is a future strategic transportation solution for the huge increase expected in the volume of traffic on Hebron Road, Bethlehem Road and especially at this junction, with the construction of thousands of new housing units in the area in the coming years. The project is a necessary transportation solution for the continued development of the nearby Mordot Arnona neighborhood
In addition, the grade separation will allow the light rail (Blue Line) to have priority and right-of-way. The Blue Line will go through the junction as part of the citywide transportation upgrade project, and will not interfere with the flow of vehicular traffic.
The project also includes the upgrade of existing infrastructures and development work including lighting, new sidewalks, construction of new development walls, renewed asphalt, a new bike lane, landscaping, trees and more.
Construction work on the tunnel is expected to begin in November 2019. The cost of the grade separation project is estimated at NIS 210 million, with work expected to take about four years.
Mayor Moshe Lion: “We are in the midst of a tremendous and important transportation infrastructure development boom throughout Jerusalem. With the construction of a new and advanced road system in the central areas of the city and significant advancement of the public transportation system, including the expansion of the light rail lines and real transportation solutions that will serve the city’s residents in the coming years, Jerusalem will become one of the most accessible cities in Israel.”
Eng. Yoel Even, Acting Moriah CEO: “This is a very important project which will improve traffic in the south of the city and will in the future connect with the eastern ring road, which is currently under construction. There is no doubt that Moriah’s extensive experience in the planning and construction of the tunnels at the city’s entrance will be reflected in this important project, and we intend to maintain the highest standards of work as we do in all of Moriah’s projects.”
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