Extending Route 6 — The Route gets longer, the drive gets shorter!
Cross Israel Highway Ltd. was given responsibility for constructing Route 6 since its inception, and has since constructed 13 sections of the road and 24 interchanges, maintained and expanded its lanes, and built connecting roads. Currently, Route 6 is Israel’s primary transportation artery. It serves approx. 270,000 vehicles per day, and allows drivers to cross 188 km. from north to south, without traffic lights, in less than two hours.
Together with supervising the franchisees managing the franchised section of the road, the company continues the planning and construction of northern and southern road sections, according to the route's development program. In 2020, the company will advance the extension of Route 6 both to the north and to the south:
From Somech Interchange up to Shlomi Interchange
By 2040, the number of residents and businesses in the notrthern and southern parts of Israel is expected to grow dramically. Expanding the capacity of the longitudinal transportation routes in the north by paving the section between the Somech Interchange up to Shlomi Interchange (segments 8 and 9) will allow traffic along this road segment to move at high service levels even during rush hours, and will provide a response to transportation needs created by the anticipated development.
The length of the planned road is approximately 34 km, and according to planning it will be a three-lane road in both directions. Additioanl 6-7 interchanges will be constructed along the road, including Macher interchange that will connnect Route 6 to Route 96, the primary latitudinal road in the Galilee.
Together with the planned road, plans are also promoted for a rail track construction, providing an additional option to the coastal railway line. This new dual rail outline will include two sections — Zevulun Railway and the Galilee Railway — and it will connect the Upper Galilee and the New Jezre'el Valley Railway.
Road plans are currently at early stages of development and statutory process. Project execution will begin 3 years after plan and budget approval.
From Shoket Interchange up to Nevatim Interchange
The extension of Route 6 from Shoket Interchange up to Nevatim Interchange includes paving a new two-lane road in both directions, extending for approximately 11.5 km. The project includes constructing the Shocket South Interchange on Route 60, constructing the Nevatim Interchange on Route 25, and building several additional bridges along the path.
The extension of Route 6 will provide easy access to Be’er Sheva’s southern industrial area, allowing it to develop and provide more workplaces . Additionally, the road will enable quick access to Be’er Sheva’s southern neighborhoods and from there to other southern towns and villages on Route 40. At the same time, the connection to the town of Dimona will improve, shortening commute to and from it. The new road will reduce the ride for soldiers to the many bases in the area.
In coordination with the Bedouin Authority, several measures to evacuate illegal? buildings of the Bedouin community within the project’s route are being promoted.
The project’s estimated budget is 695 million NIS.
Additionally, the company is promoting a detailed plan of the road section from the Beit Kama interchange and up to Ma’achaz Asher interchange, which has yet to be approved. The planning objective for this section where route 6 merges with route 40, is to upgrade route 40 so it meets the high standards of route 6.
Together with promoting these road plans, there is also promotion of a statutory plan for the Goral Railway — two-directional rail track bypassing the city of Be’er Sheva, to be used in the future for transporting passengers and freight, including hazardous materials. The route will include a tunnel and a new passenger station near the Military Intelligence Campus and the commercial area planned near the Shocket Interchange.