Highway 6 (Israel)

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Kvish Shesh
כביש חוצה ישראל
Kvish Chotze Yisrael
כביש יצחק רבין
Kvish Yitzchak Rabin
Route information
Length: 140 km (90 mi)
Major junctions
South end: Ma'ahaz (Ma'ahaz Interchange)
 
North end: Ein Tut Interchange (Milek stream)
Location
Major cities: Be'er Sheva, Kiryat Gat, Ramla, Petah Tikva, Rosh HaAyin, Pardes Hanna-Karkur, Hadera, Yokne'am, Haifa,
Highway system

Roads in Israel

Highways
The Israeli Turnpike symbol featuring the Sheqel symbol from the Israeli new sheqel
Headquarters and control centre near Rosh HaAyin
Turnpike near Horshim Interchange

Highway 6 (Hebrew: כביש 6‎, Kvish Shesh), also known as the Trans-Israel Highway (Hebrew: כביש חוצה ישראל‎, Kvish Chotzeh Yisra'el), is a major electronic toll highway in Israel.[1]Highway 6 is the first Israeli Build-Operate-Transfer road constructed, carried out mainly by the private sector in return for a license to collect tolls on the highway for a given number of years. It is also one of the largest infrastructure projects undertaken in Israel in recent years.

History[edit]

The highway was officially dedicated as the Yitzhak Rabin Highway (Hebrew: כביש יצחק רבין‎, Kvish Yitzhak Rabin), though this name is not commonly used. It started operating in the early 2000s and is being lengthened as construction proceeds on newer sections. The northern terminus was extended to the Ein Tut Interchange on July 20, 2009 where the highway now merges into Highway 70 heading northwards.

Goals[edit]

The aim of the Highway is to provide an efficient north-south transportation corridor in the country while allowing drivers to bypass the traffic-congested Tel Aviv region, located in the center of the country. Thus it is the Eastern-most major highway in Israel, in some places located almost right on the Green Line. Currently Highway 6/Turnpike is 140 km long, all of which is a freeway. This figure will grow in the next few years as additional segments are extended both northward and southward from the existing section of the road. As of 2013 some segments were under construction while others were undergoing statutory approvals and permitting processes.

Characteristics and pricing[edit]

Highway 6 uses a system of cameras and transponders to toll vehicles automatically. There are no toll booths, allowing it to operate as a normal freeway with interchanges. A radio antenna detects when a vehicle with a transponder has entered and exited the highway, calculating the toll rate. For vehicles without a transponder, an automatic license plate recognition system is used. Monthly statements are mailed to users. Highway 6 is based on the technology of the Highway 407 in Ontario, Canada.

The pricing scheme is based on the number of segments a driver passes in a given trip. Each segment is the road span between two interchanges. As of April 2010, the pricing for up to 3 segments was 17.79 NIS, 21.39 for 4 segments, and 24.99 for 5 or more segments. Additional fee is paid when driving through the "northern" segment, the cost of which is additional 4.67. Pricing for motorcycles and heavy vehicles such as trucks is different.

The price above is for drivers who register with Highway 6's operator and install the in-vehicle transponder unit (called a "Passkal", lit. "easy-pass") to record their highway usage. When a vehicle does not have a transponder, its license plate is scanned and the vehicle identified. Drivers who pre-register their license plate with the operator and establish a direct billing relationship receive a discounted rate (though they pay more than those who have installed a "Passkal"). If a license plate is not located in Highway 6's database, the bill is sent to the owner of the vehicle according to the car registration with the Israeli Ministry of Transportation. Such a vehicle pays the highest rate.

The licensed road operator, Derech Eretz, operates a fleet of service vehicles that patrol the entire length of the highway and assist drivers in need. Since it is technically a private road, the road operator is required to pay the Israel police for traffic enforcement.

Financial statistics[edit]

In March 2006, Derech Eretz reported a profit of 89 million NIS for 2005, an increase of 56% from 2004, on income of 779 million NIS, an increase of 137% from 2004.

At the end of 2005:

  • about 500 000 registered subscribers (one subscriber can own multiple vehicles),
  • 1.36 million individual users (increase from 1.1 million users),
  • 21 million trips,
  • 80% of trips are by subscribers,
  • Bill collection success rate was 97%.

Interchanges[edit]

The highway's kilometer count starts at 66, since it includes the planned southern extensions.

km Name Type Meaning Location Road(s) Crossed
planned
0 צומת הנגב
(HaNegev Junction)
AB-AS-blau.svg Named after Negev Desert Ir HaBahadim (u.c.) ISR-HW40.png Highway 40
ISR-HW224.png Route 224
19 מחלף נבטים
(Nevatim Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svg Named after location Nevatim ISR-HW25.png Highway 25
under construction
30 מחלף שוקת
(Shoket Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svg Water Trough Tel Shoket ISR-HW31.png Highway 31
ISR-HW60.png Highway 60
40 מחלף להבים
(Lehavim Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svg Flames Lehavim ISR-HW310.png Route 310
55.5 מחלף קמה
(Kama Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svg Cereal Grain Beit Kama ISR-HW40.png Highway 40
ISR-HW293.png Route 293
66 מחלף מאחז
(Ma'ahaz Interchange)
AB-Kreuz-blau.svgILjunction-maahaz.png Named after nearby
Ma'ahaz Stream
Beit Kama ISR-HW40.png Highway 40
(southbound)
76 מחלף קרית גת
(Kiryat Gat Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svgILjunction-gat.png Named after location Kiryat Gat ISR-HW35.png Highway 35
100 מחלף שורק
(Sorek Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svg ILjunction-sorek.png Named after nearby
Brook of Sorek
Yad Binyamin ISR-HW3.png Highway 3
ISR-HW7.png Highway 7
(westbound)
planned
106 Zeichen 123.svg מחלף חולדה
(Hulda Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svg Named after location Hulda ISR-HW411.png Route 411
111 Petrol and rest area Zeichen 377.svg AB-Tank.svg Parkplatz mit WC (Zeichen).svg Na'an Pfeil oben.svg Pfeil unten.svg both directions
114 מחלף נשרים
(Nesharim Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svgILjunction-nesharim.png Named after nearby
Nesher Factory
Ramla ISR-HW431BLUE.PNG Highway 431
ISR-HW44.png Highway 44
ISR-HW424.png Route 424
118 מחלף דניאל
(Daniel Interchange)
AB-Kreuz-blau.svgILjunction-daniel.png Named after location Kfar Daniel ISR-HW1 blue.PNG Highway 1
(westbound)
122 מחלף בן שמן
(Ben Shemen Interchange)
AB-Kreuz-blau.svgILjunction-benshemen.png Named after location Ben Shemen ISR-HW1 blue.PNG Highway 1
(eastbound)
ISR-HW443.png Route 443
ISR-HW444.png Route 444
123 tunnels
4 lanes - 450 metres
AB-Tunnel.svgAB-Tunnel.svg Tel Hadid
123 bridge
2 lanes - 300 metres
AB-Brücke.svg Tel Hadid
124 bridge
2 lanes - 170 metres
AB-Brücke.svg Beit Nehemiah
planned
133 Zeichen 123.svg מחלף גבעת כ"ח
(Giv'at Koah Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svg Named after location Giv'at Koah ISR-HW444.png Route 444
ISR-HW461.png Route 461
137 מחלף נחשונים
(Nahshonim Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svgILjunction-nachshonim.png Named after location Nahshonim ISR-HW471.png Route 471
142 מחלף קסם
(Kessem Interchange)
AB-Kreuz-blau.svgILjunction-kesem.png Named after nearby
Kafr Qasim
Rosh HaAyin ISR-HW5blue.png Highway 5
ISR-HW444.png Route 444
145 מחלף חורשים
(Horshim Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svgILjunction-horashim.png Named after location Horshim ISR-HW531.PNG Route 531
(westbound)
ISR-HW5233.PNG Road 5233
153 מחלף אייל
(Eyal Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svgILjunction-eyal.png Named after location Eyal ISR-HW551.PNG Route 551
166 מחלף ניצני עוז
(Nitzanei Oz Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svgILjunction-oz.png Named after location Nitzanei Oz ISR-HW57.png Highway 57
(westbound)
174 Petrol and rest area Zeichen 377.svg AB-Tank.svg Parkplatz mit WC (Zeichen).svg Lehavot Haviva Pfeil oben.svg Pfeil unten.svg both directions
177 מחלף באקה
(Baqa Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svgILjunction-baaka.png Named after location Baqa-Jat ISR-HW61.png Highway 61
(westbound)
186 מחלף עירון
(Iron Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svgILjunction-eiron.png Named after nearby
Iron Stream
Barkai ISR-HW65.png Highway 65
194.5 tunnels
2 lanes - 350 metres
AB-Tunnel.svgAB-Tunnel.svg Giv'at Nili
200 מחלף עין תות
(Ein Tut Interchange)
AB-Kreuz-blau.svgILjunction-eintut.png Named after nearby
Nahal Tut
Elyakim ISR-HW70.png Highway 70
under construction
202.5 מחלף אליקים
(Elyakim Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svg ult. Jehoiakim Elyakim ISR-HW70.png
Highway 70
206 tunnels
4 lanes, 310 metres
AB-Tunnel.svgAB-Tunnel.svg Yokneam Illit
209 מחלף תל קשיש
(Tel Qashish Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svg Named after location Tel Qashish ISR-HW70.png Highway 70
ISR-HW77.png Highway 77
216.5 מחלף העמקים
(HaAmakim Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svg Valleys Sha'ar HaAmakim
Kiryat Tiv'on
ISR-HW75.png Highway 75
219.5 tunnels
4 lanes, 2,000 meters
AB-Tunnel.svgAB-Tunnel.svg Rekhasim
220.5 tunnels
4 lanes, 400 meters
AB-Tunnel.svgAB-Tunnel.svg Ibtin
221 מחלף איבטין
(Ibtin Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svg Named after location Ibtin ISR-HW762.png Route 762
222 מחלף זבולון
(Zvulun Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svg ult. Tribe of Zebulun Khawaled ISR-HW70.png Highway 70
227 מחלף סומך
(Somech Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svg ult. Semikhah[2] Kiriat Ata ISR-HW79.png Highway 79
planned
228 מחלף אבליים
(Avlayim Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svg Named after location Shfar'am
I'billin
ISR-HW781.png Route 781
240 מחלף יאסיף-אחיהוד
(Yasif-Ahihud Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svg Named after location Kafr Yasif
Ahihud
ISR-HW85.png Highway 85
252 מחלף כברי
(Kabri Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svg Named after nearby Kabri ISR-HW89.png Highway 89
260 מחלף שלומי
(Shlomi Interchange)
AB-AS-blau.svg ult. Shelomi, father of Ahihud Shlomi
Betzet
ISR-HW899.png Route 899

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