On 29.3.19, a new 16 km long section of Route 6 was opened to the public from the Tel Kashish interchange to the Somech interchange. It includes two 3 km tunnels, Rechasim and Ibtin, with two lanes in each direction, a crossing at the Sha'ar Ha’amakim integrated intersection, and a crossing at the Givat Alonim interchange linking to Route 70. Map of the section
This section joins the first section, which opened on November 18, from Yokneam to the Tel Kashish interchange, and the two extend Highway 6 North by about 21 km.
With the opening of the new section, drivers can travel smoothly on Route 6 for 188 km from Be'er Sheva to the Somech junction - without traffic lights!
The two new sections are managed by 6-Cross North Ltd and travel in them is subject to a toll only in the tunnel sections. The rest of the road is without charge.
Subscribers of Highway 6 central section (Sorek-Ein Tut segments), who are customers of the "Derech Eretz" franchisee, will not be considered subscribers of 6-Cross North LTD, unless they have separately subscribed to it.
There is no prior registration requirement and casual travelers can make use of the new Highway 6 North segments. They will receive the bill to the address of the vehicle owner registered with the National Vehicle Licensing Authority.
Subscribing is free of charge and subscribers are exempt from paying a fee that non-subscribers pay for the need to locate the vehicle owner. Subscribing allows us to send the bill to the address of your choice and assists customers in making timely payments.
Extending Highway 6 to the north was a complex project filled with engineering and environmental challenges that took about three years to execute.
In total, about 21 km of highway were paved, and 3 double tunnels were dug: Yokneam, Rechasim and Ibtin, with a total length of 9.4 km. Ttwo mega interchanges were also built: Tel Kashish and Sha'ar Ha’amakim.
In addition, the project included the construction of the Viaduct Bridge and the Osem Bridge, eight underground passages, a command and control facility and the relocaton of infrastructure such as sewer and water lines. The Tel Kashish interchange was built in a manner that created as little diruption to the landscape as possible, and the Yokneam River and the Muhraqa River were diverted to new routes.
The project incorporates the highest standards of engineering design, advanced technologies safety and traffic management systems, in line with top world standards. All these have enabled the construction of an advanced highway that will provide an enjoyable and safe driving experience for users.
Throughout the construction of the new sections, the existing traffic lanes were kept operational, in order to allow regular flow and minimum interruptions to traffic passing from the Yokneam area to the Haifa port and the Somech interchange in the north.
Alongside the transportation and engineering challenges, one of the most significant challenges of the project was the preservation of the natural environment the project crosses. , including conservation of the flood basin of the Kishon river, the restoration of the Kishon Park, the Alonim Reserve, the valley's historic bridge, the cliffs along Route 70, the Carmel Ridge and more. The project was accompanied by a Control Team responsible for issues of environmental protection and preserving environmental values. All materials mined in the project were preserved and reused in the project itself, so out of the amount of about 5 million cubic meters needed for project execution as well as restoration; about 4 million cubic meters were recycled in the construction.