Israel's Internal Affairs Cabinet Committee yesterday approved a 2.5 billion Shekel proposal by the Transport Minister, Israel Katz to upgrade the Jerusalem to Tel Aviv Highway 1. The proposal will see Highway 1 extended to 3 lanes each-way between Shaar Hagai and Jerusalem. The road widening will also see new tunnels and bridges to make the drive straighter, smoother and quicker. The project is due to be completed by 2016 and will reduce the journey time between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to half an hour.
However, there is opposition to the road expansion according to the Jerusalem Post from environmental groups and local municipalities including Mevasseret Zion, Bet Shemesh, Har Adar and Abu Ghosh as the changes to the layout of the highway could affect the environment and residents' quality of life.
Israair to begin flights to Jordan
Israir Airlines is to begin operating two flights a week between Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel and the Amman Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan following permission from Israel Katz, Minister of Transport in Israel.