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Old October 10th, 2009, 01:09 PM   #321
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they look very good
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Old October 11th, 2009, 03:05 AM   #322
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Nazareth Illit -> Petah Tikva, ~120 km

Part 2: Route 6400, Highway 79, Highway 77:

Map of this part:



Turning left at the roundabout onto Route 6400, a relatively new road that allows exiting Nazareth Illit to the west:



Route 6400:























Mash'had Junction roundabout: we continue straight, onto Highway 79:





Highway 79:

















The green light was flashing before changing to yellow, and my camera caught it between flashes :





Junction to Zippori: home to an ancient archaeologic site:



























This sign reads: "National Roads Authority: Merging between Highways 77 and 79. Temporary detour due to the construction of the 'HaMovil' interchange.":









Funky camera effect :





Turning left at this junction, onto Highway 77:



Lots of construction on this road:









The sign reads: "National Roads Authority: Expansion of the road to a dual-carriageway.":



























































Turning right onto Highway 75:



Next: Part 3: Highway 75, Route 722, Highway 70
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 05:49 AM   #323
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I found a really nice video of a very long drive in the northern parts of Israel (not too far from where I lived). This is one of the best driving videos of Israel I've been able to find on Youtube (except for my own, of course ).

It shows typical rural non-motorway roads in Israel in a very hilly and winding setting.

I highly recommend it to anyone here who is curious about Israel's highways and its northern landscapes.

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The same person has a few additional videos on the Youtube channel. Another one that's quite good is of a drive from somewhere around the Dead Sea to Tiberias, a northern town on the Sea of Galilee.

This one involves a long drive in desert and semi-desert locations. The roads in some of these locations routinely get flashed by floods and require constant reconstruction. Also, apparently in some areas near the Dead Sea the foundation routinely becomes unstable due to erosion effects, which means the road will have to be moved at some point.

Both videos feature parts of Highway 90 - Israel's longest road, stretching from its northern end (in Metula) to its southern end (in Eilat) for a total of about 480 km. The highway is a 2-lane road throughout most of its length, but has dual-carriageway sections in some locations (mostly in the north, as far as I know).

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Old November 3rd, 2009, 05:43 PM   #324
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Nice pics!
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Old November 10th, 2009, 04:34 PM   #325
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Some pictures from the recently widened section of Road 6. It is approx 20km long:









Photo credit: User Zvir1 on the Tapuz Infrastructure forum.

The new northern section of Road 6, BTW, is pretty impressive, with some nice bridges and tunnels. I think there have already been pictures posted on the forum.
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Old November 10th, 2009, 06:35 PM   #326
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Are the Carmel tunnels (route 2) already completed?
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Old November 10th, 2009, 10:54 PM   #327
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Are the Carmel tunnels (route 2) already completed?
Not yet. They seem to be working at a good pace though. It's not scheduled to open till the beginning of 2011.

I think that one of the more intriguing parts of the project is this interchange at one of the entrances to the tunnels. I think I can count five levels.



The Carmel Tunnel website (all in Hebrew) has pictures of this monster being built:

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Old November 11th, 2009, 08:38 AM   #328
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Some pictures from the recently widened section of Road 6. It is approx 20km long:

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Photo credit: User Zvir1 on the Tapuz Infrastructure forum.

The new northern section of Road 6, BTW, is pretty impressive, with some nice bridges and tunnels. I think there have already been pictures posted on the forum.
Nice photos! They did this pretty quickly. Just in May of this year I traveled this road in its entirety, and it was 2x2 everywhere, and the northern section was not open. I find the progress of road construction in Israel quite impressive.

I don't think I saw pictures of the new northern section of Road 6, though I might be mistaken. Certainly don't remember tunnels. If you have any such material, please do post .

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Are the Carmel tunnels (route 2) already completed?
Like RoadUser said, not yet, but the tunnels themselves (i.e. boring them in the mountain), as far as I know, were completed sometime ago by a Chinese company.
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Old November 11th, 2009, 10:00 AM   #329
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Nice photos! They did this pretty quickly. Just in May of this year I traveled this road in its entirety, and it was 2x2 everywhere, and the northern section was not open. I find the progress of road construction in Israel quite impressive.

I don't think I saw pictures of the new northern section of Road 6, though I might be mistaken. Certainly don't remember tunnels. If you have any such material, please do post .
Here's one pic, from an earlier page in this very forum:



This is a pic of an interesting section of motorway near Modiin. It is a combined section of Road 1 and Road 6, the two left lanes on each carriageway are Road 6, the two on the right are Road 1. They split at the Daniyel and Ben Shemen Interchanges:



The Road 6 signs to "The North" made me somewhat nostalgic for England, where such signs are common on the M6 etc.

Here is a link to the area on Google Maps:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...77162&t=h&z=14
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Old November 21st, 2009, 08:49 AM   #330
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New signage reforms in Israel:

Improving interchange signs by using European-style graphics instead of the word "interchange" in three languages:
(new on the left, old on the right)



Indicating the junction types on signs (I like this one):

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Old November 21st, 2009, 11:47 AM   #331
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Much better
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Old November 21st, 2009, 02:55 PM   #332
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The all project of this motorway, the bridges, the tunnels from this model looks great
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Improving interchange signs by using European-style graphics instead of the word "interchange" in three languages
That's great. The next thing they should do is follow Greece's footsteps and render the Arabic script gold, so it will be visually clearer and easier to distinguish the three scripts.
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Old November 22nd, 2009, 12:36 AM   #334
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Agreed. I don't really agree with the Hebraisation of all the place names though. They should definitely standardize the spelling of all place names (right now it's a mess and you have different signs using different spelling), but "Jerusalem" should remain "Jerusalem". It simply makes no sense to spell "Yerushalaim", since no one will know what the heck that even means.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 08:15 PM   #335
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Hey, guys, just a question without any intetion to go (that much) off-topic.

Do highway police officers in Israel sepak at least basic English? In other words, If I travel to Israel, rent a car and drive around (without any intetion to go into West Bank, let alone Gaza Strip...), and some highway officer pull me over, could I expect not to be in trouble despite the fact I don't speak Hebrew and that I can barely distinguish some (not all) letters of Hebrew alphabet?

Now, out of curiosity, how do gas station work? Pre-paid, self-service + pay on cashier, or are there someone to fill it up and swipe your card?
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Hey, guys, just a question without any intetion to go (that much) off-topic.

Do highway police officers in Israel sepak at least basic English? In other words, If I travel to Israel, rent a car and drive around (without any intetion to go into West Bank, let alone Gaza Strip...), and some highway officer pull me over, could I expect not to be in trouble despite the fact I don't speak Hebrew and that I can barely distinguish some (not all) letters of Hebrew alphabet?

Now, out of curiosity, how do gas station work? Pre-paid, self-service + pay on cashier, or are there someone to fill it up and swipe your card?
The first question is kind of hard to answer. I assume the answer is that most police officers can at least say "Evening all", and "You're nicked".

As for petrol stations; they all have self service pumps, and most have full service too (someone filling up for you). The self service is usually paid for by swiping your credit card in the pump itself, but at some stations you pay in the shop after filling up. That way they can try to sell you some chocolates or something else you don't want. Self service, BTW, is slightly cheaper.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 12:18 AM   #337
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I always thought of Israel as a country where the knowledge of English is widespread. Linguistically, Israel is isolated, no other countries uses Hebrew and they are dependent on other countries for trade of course, where English is an important language.

Something like Denmark, the Netherlands or other small developed countries.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 07:21 AM   #338
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Chris is generally right, English is widely known in Israel, and among the younger generation most people know at least some English. Among those attending university you can expect at least basic fluency, because these people are required to complete English at a high level in high school, and a lot of learning material in university is in English (especially in technical fields).

However, there are still a lot of people in Israel whose English skills leave much to be desired. While English is encountered in some form daily (signs, TV, for example), Hebrew is really the language that's used in all daily activities. Primary education is also in Hebrew (even though English is taught). Arabic is used to a lesser extent among the Arab minority. You can still find a lot of people in Israel who don't really speak English, especially people who tend to drop out of school early. I think the situation is better in the centre of the country (around Tel Aviv).

But to whoever asked the question, I don't think you should encounter problems with police, considering that they should be used to tourists. I wouldn't worry too much (there isn't corruption or anything like that), but to watch your speed because unlike in many countries, police presence in Israel is significant on the roads. In Canada I may drive the whole day without seeing a single cruiser, whereas in Israel in a short trip you're almost guaranteed to come across a few. Plus, there are also things like red light cameras around.

It's not all that bad though - we were able to maintain 130-140 km/h on Highway 6 last May, without having trouble. Might be just that highway though.
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Road 99 starts in Kiryat Shmona and goes east to Hermon Mt.



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Roads in Beer Sheva In Yom Kipur :

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However, there are still a lot of people in Israel whose English skills leave much to be desired. .....
How useful do you think Yiddish would be when dealing with older people who don't speak English?
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