New Road 531 - to the North of Tel Aviv Metropolis

New Road 531 - to the North of Tel Aviv Metropolis

The project that will change the transportation system
to the north of Tel Aviv Metropolis

The essence of the project: the development of a high quality, high speed highway in the center of the Sharon region that will replace the existing transport routes in the cities. The project, stretching from the Cross-Israel highway to the Israel coastal highway (Road 2), will include the extension of Road 20, construction of a new railway line, paving of pedestrian walkways and trails for hikers and bike riders and the building of two new train stations.

Construction work on the Sharon highway, Road 531, is accelerating with the completion of the initial work stage throughout the length of the project. The Road 531 project, that is being carried out by Netivei Israel Company, constitutes the most significant change ever implemented in the north of Tel Aviv, including a series of initiatives that will modernize the transportation system in the region.

Upon completion of the project in 2016, Road 531 will connect the Sharon cities - Herzliya, Ra'anana, Kefar Saba and Hod Hasharon - to the interurban traffic network, which will complete a transport ring composed of Roads 6, 4, 2, 431 and 531, surrounding the Tel Aviv metropolis. Road 531 is currently one of the most important road construction projects currently underway in Israel. Parts of this project are unprecedented in Israel: in Ra'anana, a three level interchange will be constructed with under-passing railway tracks and roads. The level of Road 20 will be depressed, and alongside the depressed road section one of the largest water pumping stations in Israel will be built.

In addition to integration of roads and railways, the project will include construction of 11 interchanges and 36 bridges and tunnels. The road itself will include three to six lanes in each direction. The interchange between roads 20 and 531 will include pedestrian walkways and trails for hikers and bike riders. It will include a singular major interchange composed of a road interchange (Road 531 and Road 20) and a railway interchange (Sharon and Coastal railway lines). Thus, the major interchange will consist of three levels, with several railway and road underpass routes.

The highway provides an uninterrupted and rapid connection between the cities of the Sharon and the metropolis of Tel Aviv, connecting them with the major north-south roads of the State of Israel. As part of the project, Netivei Ayalon highway (Road 20) will be extended north to the Shefayim area along the coast. The total length of the road is about 17 kilometers, and the design driving speed is 100-110 Km/h. The road will include 3-6 lanes, 11 interchanges and dozens of bridges and tunnels. A new suburban railway will run along the route of the new road, with two new railway stations. The Sharon line will connect with the national railway network through the coastal line (Tel-Aviv - Haifa) and allow residents of the Sharon region to reach Tel Aviv quickly.

The project is being conducted using the Design-Build (DB) method, requiring the tender winning companies to design and construct the road and railway in compliance with predefined timetables. The road incorporates a segment of the Sharon's mass transit system (BRT).

The South Ra'anana section includes a three-level interchange whose upper part will be Road 531 that will be elevated above existing Road 4. In the lower part of the interchange, a 1,825 meter long tunnel and railway tracks will be constructed, and the South Ra'anana railway station will be built. 

 

Press release from 29.7.2013