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Central Transportation Project in North Jerusalem Gets Underway

The French Hill project is truly good news for the city’s northern neighborhoods, where it will significantly ease traffic congestion.

The French Hill Junction project includes grade separation using a network of tunnels totaling 3.5 kilometers. The cost of the project is approximately NIS 1 billion, and the work is expected to take four years.

Project Goals:

The significant reduction of traffic congestion in the neighborhoods of northern Jerusalem, increased transportation accessibility to the northern parts of the city, giving full priority to the light rail passing through French Hill Junction, construction of a 1,000 space Park & Ride parking lot for train passengers, reduction of traffic congestion in the Naomi Shemer tunnel and a continuous drive from Jerusalem to Ma’aleh Adumim without traffic lights in either direction.

Mayor Moshe Lion: “The French Hill Junction grade separation project is a strategic transportation project of great importance which brings good news to residents of Jerusalem’s northern neighborhoods. Jerusalem is in the midst of a tremendous transportation infrastructure development boom all around the entire city, being carried out the Jerusalem Municipality and the Ministry of Transportation. This scope of the work is unprecedented, with billions of shekels being invested for the benefit of Jerusalem’s residents.”

This is the largest and most significant transportation project in northern Jerusalem in recent years.  The project, which is being carried out by the Jerusalem Municipality in cooperation with the Ministry of Transportation and implemented by the Moriah company, includes grade separation below three main junctions – the French Hill Junction, HaKvarim Junction and Coca Cola Junction. The grade separation will be implemented through four tunnels reaching a total length of 3.5 kilometers, with two two-lane tunnels running east-to-west and back towards Ma’aleh Adumim and two additional one-lane tunnels running from Ramot to Pisgat Ze’ev and Neve Ya’akov and back.

French Hill Junction is one of the busiest junctions in Jerusalem during most hours of the day, with tens of thousands of vehicles passing through it daily.

The French Hill project will increase transportation accessibility in the area and reduce traffic congestion in the Naomi Shemer tunnel, allowing continuous travel from Jerusalem to Ma’aleh Adumim and areas near northern Jerusalem without traffic lights in either direction and a quick connection to Highway 9.

Another major objective of the project is that upon its completion the light rail passing through French Hill Junction will have full priority, as part of the advancement and upgrading of the public transportation system in the northern parts of the city.  In addition, a 1,000 space Park & Ride parking lot will be constructed and be made available to light rail passengers at Nahal Tsofim, adjacent to the junction and the light railway station.

The first phase of the work includes the expansion of traffic arteries adjacent to the junction and the preparation of the necessary infrastructure for the implementation of the tunnels, for which construction will begin in the second phase of the work.

Eng. Yoel Even, Acting Moriah CEO: “The French Hill Junction project will significantly reduce traffic congestion in the city’s northern neighborhoods and will increase accessibility to them. Another important element of the project is that upon its completion, the light rail passing through the junction will have full priority. The project will include the longest transportation tunnel network ever constructed in Jerusalem, with a total length of 3.5 kilometers, which is certainly a challenge for us to implement. Despite the project’s complexities, Moriah will complete the project on schedule, within budget and at the predetermined level of quality.