Netanya Municipality, in conjunction with the Ministry of Transport and Road Safety and Israel Railways, is currently working on transportation infrastructures that will accelerate development of the city at an unprecedented scale. As part of this effort, Israel Railways is soon expected to open the Sapir Railways Station, which will make train service accessible to city residents and provide an incentive for continued development of Sapir Industrial Zone and the entry of additional economic anchor companies to the business and technology park.
It is important to note that the opening of the station (on Haharutzim St.) is being done after more than six months of detailed planning by Israel Railways in conjunction with Netanya's Engineering Administration and following the Ministry of Transport's approval to open the station.
In the future, the train station is expected to become part of Netanya's planned mass transit system, and the decision to open it was, in fact, another step towards transforming Netanya into a key metropolitan city in the Sharon District and in the entire country.
But that is not all. A test is now being conducted on the connection between Einstein and the Coastal Highway, which at this point is a solution for those who want to enter from the north or exit south towards Tel Aviv. In the future, when the interchange is built with a bridge, it will also be possible to exit to the north and people coming from the direction of Tel Aviv will be able to enter.
Note that the project is being undertaken with the ongoing guidance of acoustics consultants. To help reduce the noise level, Halat used "quiet" asphalt, which is more expensive than "regular" asphalt and designed to absorb part of the noise.
Furthermore, the municipality and Halat, under the guidance of Mayor Miriam Fierberg-Ikar, are currently examining a variety of potential acoustic solutions, to based on the results of the noise level to be measured in real time in the near future. This process is to improve quality of life for residents whose homes border the length of the road.
These projects join additional important transportation projects such as the construction of the Sharon Bridge and the work being done to turn Ahdut Bridge (Ha'ari) into a half interchange. Futhermore, infrastructure work is now being done at the southern entrance and later an exit from the eastern part of the city southbound (Tel Aviv).
Miriam Fierberg-Ikar, who has worked diligently over the past decade to promote the projects, said, "We would like to thank the Minister of Transport Israel Katz for his tremendous contribution to making Netanya accessible. We appreciate his work here in Netanya and in Israel as a whole, and we are proud of the transportation revolution that he is leading for the benefit and welfare of the residents."