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Preparing for the Next Generation, the Light Rail Comes to the Gilo Neighborhood

Work has begun on preparations for the Light Rail route along the Pat-Gilo route and Margalit Street in the Gilo neighborhood. The first phase of the work will take around 36 months

The Jerusalem Municipality and the Ministry of Transportation (Master Plan for Jerusalem Transportation) and the Moriah Company are working on the construction of the new Light Rail lines (the Green Line and the Blue Line) in the Gilo neighborhood.  During the coming month, infrastructure and development work will begin in preparation for the Light Rail route in two central locations simultaneously, one from Pat Junction along the Dov Yosef Road to HaRozmarin Junction, and the other on Margalit Street next to Gilo Park.

The first phase of work on the Light Rail, along the Pat-Gilo route and within the Gilo neighborhood, including infrastructure and development work on the line, will last approximately 36 months.

During the second phase of the project the rails will be laid by a contractor yet to be chosen.

The work on Yaakov Pat Street and along Dov Yosef Street includes the complete replacement and upgrading of the infrastructure, as well as renewal and expansion of the underground passages and development of the public area.  The work will also include the construction of new retaining walls and the relocation of communications, electricity and lighting infrastructure. In addition, water and sewage infrastructure will be upgraded and development work including new paving, trees, benches and more will be carried out. The work will be done on the sidewalk and in the lane adjacent to the eastern sidewalk, while a temporary strip, to be used for laying the tracks, will be left along the road.

The work will include the dismantling and rebuilding of the Refaim River Bridge, located above Train Track Park, in order to adapt it to the Light Rail.  The work will be conducted Sundays through Thursdays between 7:00 and 19:00, and Fridays as necessary.  Night work will be carried out as necessary and in accordance with police instructions.