New Road Named in Memory of Hebron Pioneers

Lev Yehuda - Levinger Road connects Jerusalem to Hebron, Kiryat Arba and Gush Etzion.

13.7.23, 14:19
The first section of the new Lev Yehuda - Levinger Road was inaugurated this week by Israel’s Ministry of Transportation. It will eventually connect Jerusalem to Hebron and all of the Gush Etzion region.

“Starting today, Hebron is closer than ever before,” stated Elimelech Karzen, Hebron community coordinator. He added that the old road was characterized by long traffic jams and other dangers. “In place of these, you can now enjoy a relaxed ride in the unparalleled view of the Judean Mountains and of course a significantly shorter travel time,” he stated.

Miri Regev, Minister of Transportation stated, “I am happy to have achieved a sense of closure today with this important project that was launched during my previous term in the ministry, and upon my return I made sure that it would progress. It is a project that lies close to my heart. Today we are privileged to see the successful completion of a safe, state-of-the-art road that will offer safe passage to all residents in the area. The safety of the residents of Judea and Samaria is as important to me as that of any Israeli citizen, as it is our obligation to ensure convenient and safe transport to Jerusalem and between the communities. We have comprehensive development programs for the roads in Judea and Samaria.”

Gush Etzion Regional Council head Shlomo Ne’eman said, “we are inaugurating the Lev Yehuda - Levinger Road in the memory of the late Rabbi and Mrs. Levinger. We see with our own eyes the bulldozers along Route 60 that will shortly transform this vital road into a wide highway, and provide the population with passage to Jerusalem.”

Rabbi Moshe Levinger and his wife Miriam spearheaded the repopulation of Judea and Samaria. In 1968, shortly after the Six Day War, the couple organized a huge public Passover seder in Hebron. This was the first step in settling in Hebron, which had been decimated of its Jewish community in the 1929 riots and off limits to Jews during the Jordanian period. Rabbi Levinger passed away in 2015 and Miriam in 2020.

Gilad Naor, and engineer and deputy head of the Projects and Transportation Division at the Engineering and Development Center at Netivei Yisrael the National Transportation Infrastructure Company stated, “commuters will now be able to travel safely on the new road. For every project we execute, we at Netivei Yisrael understand well how to optimize road safety for users, and in this case the aim is twofold, since we have taken into account the issue of security too which is most essential for residents.”

The road includes three underground agricultural crossings, a 25-meter long bridge, water culverts and lighting along the entire route.

Construction began in 2019 and is expected to be fully complete in the coming months. Others who were thanked at the ceremony for their contribution to the project included head of the Kiryat Arba Council Eliyahu Libman, head of the Mount Hebron Regional Council Yochai Damari, head of the Hebron Council Eyal Gelman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Netivei Yisrael,Yigal Amadi, CEO of Netivei Yisrael Nissim Peretz and others.
* Festive ceremony in Gush Etzion - Ministry of Transportation
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