Highway Offers Nature Bridge

The six-lane road expanding the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway 1, which is currently under construction, includes a special bridge to preserve wildlife.

By Israel Today Staff |
Photo: Ecobridge

The $800 million project will make traveling more convenient for people and animals alike.

The 70-meter (230-foot) wide “Eco-Bridge” is located above a stretch of roadway that ascends to Jerusalem with forests on both sides. It provides a safe crossing over the highway in a rich habitat of flora and fauna.

“There are dozens of types of animals in the area, including deer, gazelles, wild boars, foxes, jackals, hyenas, porcupines and many reptiles,” notes project head David Landesman of Netivei Israel National Transport Infrastructure Company. Landesman says the bridge will make Route 1 one of the greenest highways in Israel, providing a safe passage for wildlife and reducing the scourge of roadkill.

The Eco Bridge

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