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Old October 12th, 2010, 05:59 AM   #381
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The Ministry of Transport has reformed the speed limits of Israeli roads, raising motorway speeds to 110 km/h with a 10% enforcement tolerance (meaning one can theoretically drive up to 120 km/h). The new guidelines were formulated during the past two years by a professional team of traffic engineers, road safety and economy specialists.

The recommendations approved by the Minister Katz will only raise the limits to 110 km/h on highways that conform to motorway standards, like Route 1 between Jerusalem - Tel Aviv, Route 431 between Modi'in and Rishon Lezion, and Route 4 between the Rishon Lezion and Ashdod.

Additionally, the speed limit of Highway 2 (Coastal Road), Route 20 (Ayalon) , and Route 5 (the Trans-Samaria) will be raised from 90 to 100 km/h. Route 40 (Beersheva bypass) will also be raised from 90 to 100 km/h, but may be further increased to 110 km/h pending additional studies.

Some urban roads, however, will see a speed reduction: Namir Road in Tel Aviv will be reduced from 80 to 70 km/h, Ben Gurion University avenue in Beer Sheva from 60 to 50 km/h, and Basel Street in Tel Aviv from 50 to 30 km/h.

The changes, for the most part, will not require new legislation.
Great news . I think everything makes sense. I don't know about allowing 110 km/h on Route 40 though. I drove on the stretch of that highway from the end of Highway 6 to Be'er Sheva, and it was quite winding, and had traffic lights. Does this road become a true freeway after you pass Be'er Sheva, and is that the section whose speed limit will be increased?

(Article in English: http://www.jpost.com/Home/Article.aspx?id=190869)

Also, I heard that they are going to expand and upgrade Highway 2 soon. Do you know when that's going to happen, and whether the highway is then going to be a true "blue" freeway finally?
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Old October 12th, 2010, 06:21 AM   #382
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Great photos! Thanks for posting!
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Old October 12th, 2010, 07:44 AM   #383
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Great news . I think everything makes sense. I don't know about allowing 110 km/h on Route 40 though. I drove on the stretch of that highway from the end of Highway 6 to Be'er Sheva, and it was quite winding, and had traffic lights. Does this road become a true freeway after you pass Be'er Sheva, and is that the section whose speed limit will be increased?
How recently have you driven that stretch? I don't currently live in Israel, and it's been a couple years since I've driven to Be'er Sheva. According to the National Roads Company, the part between Goral and Ha'Ohalim junctions was upgraded to a grade-separated 2x2 road, which opened to traffic just a couple weeks ago. Apparently the lighting, drainage, landscaping, barriers and electrical infrastructure were upgraded to new engineering standards. Too bad it's only 18 km though (and only that part will be 110 km/h). Though I guess this means one can now travel from Tel Aviv to Eilat without encountering a traffic light.

What's also interesting is that a new, "advanced" type of asphalt was used - the first of it's kind in Israel. I wonder if this new type will look more polished?

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Also, I heard that they are going to expand and upgrade Highway 2 soon. Do you know when that's going to happen, and whether the highway is then going to be a true "blue" freeway finally?
It will be upgraded to freeway standards (and will get new blue signs), but it will only gain an extra lane in each direction (which I'm told won't be enough). The original plan that involved continuing the Ayalon highway past Netanya was sacked due to environmental concerns.

Construction won't begin until the National Roads Company drafts a detailed plan and submits it to the National Infrastructures Committee, which wants another deliberation to make sure all the details meet their specific environmental concerns.
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Old October 12th, 2010, 09:10 AM   #384
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Thanks, I didn't actually know about the new upgrades to Highway 40. I drove that section in May of 2009, and you can see the entire section in this part of my video.
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Old October 12th, 2010, 02:44 PM   #385
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Great news . I think everything makes sense. I don't know about allowing 110 km/h on Route 40 though. I drove on the stretch of that highway from the end of Highway 6 to Be'er Sheva, and it was quite winding, and had traffic lights. Does this road become a true freeway after you pass Be'er Sheva, and is that the section whose speed limit will be increased?
I just looked up that stretch of road on the map, and it turns out to be a stretch that I don't know at all. It is not the part of Road 40 that links Road 6 with Beer Sheva, but rather a section further south that bypasses Beer Sheva, between the Goral and Ohalim junctions (according to bmanx06):



I do live in Israel, but I'm very unlikely to get down there to have a look any time soon.
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Old October 13th, 2010, 04:44 PM   #386
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road 40 speed increase

the section is only beer sheba bypass. it is now all interchange from goral to ohalim . rest of road 40 from goral north to road 6 is in poor condition.
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Old November 24th, 2010, 07:19 AM   #387
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The Carmel Tunnels are going to open exactly a week from now (Dec 1)!
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Old November 24th, 2010, 01:50 PM   #388
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Great, here is a Youtube version (available in HD):
Really impressive.
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Wow, amazing pictures! congratulations.
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The Carmel Tunnels are going to open exactly a week from now (Dec 1)!
The tunnels opened this morning.

Here are a few pictures that I found here and there:







The Rupin interchange, not quite completed (I assume it's finished now...):






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Old December 2nd, 2010, 02:03 AM   #391
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The tunnels opened this morning.

Here are a few pictures that I found here and there:







The Rupin interchange, not quite completed (I assume it's finished now...):





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Old December 3rd, 2010, 04:33 AM   #393
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Severe fires on the Carmel mountain today .

But, staying on topic, this is the official promotional video of the tunnels (Hebrew only, but still pretty cool):

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Old December 5th, 2010, 06:23 PM   #394
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^ Impressive project
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Old December 5th, 2010, 07:03 PM   #395
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Today passed through Haifa (and through heavy smoke of Carmel fire... horrible view) and made some pictures of new Carmel tunnels. Tunnels were free of charge because of the disaster occurs to the south of Haifa.

Trip from Checkpost to Hof-Ha-Carmel:

























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Old December 6th, 2010, 09:45 PM   #396
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Looks extremely good! Highways in Izrael are the best highways worldwide imho.
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That interchange is amazing. Does it connect directly with Route 22?
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Doesn't look like it. According to this map (on the website):
http://www.carmeltunnels.co.il/?CategoryID=184

The location of the junction that leads to the ramp is here:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=32.790...,0.021436&z=16

However, I'm not sure if there are plans to eventually connect it via some large interchange in the eastern terminus. In any case, Highway 22 is planned to be extended further in the future.

PS: Also, I think that the particular interchange you are referring to (in the photos) is actually the Neve Shaanan (Rupin) Interchange, which is in the middle, between the two termini of the tunnel.

Edit: Just found a much better map on Wikipedia:
http://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%A7%...-T-Carmel1.png

It seems that the tunnels connect with Highway 2 though.
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Old December 7th, 2010, 11:42 AM   #399
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Doesn't look like it. According to this map (on the website):
http://www.carmeltunnels.co.il/?CategoryID=184

The location of the junction that leads to the ramp is here:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=32.790...,0.021436&z=16

However, I'm not sure if there are plans to eventually connect it via some large interchange in the eastern terminus. In any case, Highway 22 is planned to be extended further in the future.

PS: Also, I think that the particular interchange you are referring to (in the photos) is actually the Neve Shaanan (Rupin) Interchange, which is in the middle, between the two termini of the tunnel.

Edit: Just found a much better map on Wikipedia:
http://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%A7%...-T-Carmel1.png

It seems that the tunnels connect with Highway 2 though.
I have not yet used the tunnels, but I have seen how they connect to Road 2. When you leave Road 2 at the Haifa South Interchange, there is a new(ish) bridge which basically goes over a couple of roads (including Road 4)and straight into the tunnels (marked in black):



The large Rupin interchange (the one on the pictures) is indeed between the two stretches of tunnels.
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Old December 7th, 2010, 12:56 PM   #400
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The interchange and the tunnels above are indeed great
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