The city of Tel Aviv approved on Wednesday a $2 billion master plan to cover the Ayalon Highway and develop the land above it, Globes reported.
The plan authorized by the Tel Aviv District Planning and Building Committee envisions “a hub of recreational activity, with bike tracks, walking trails, green areas and cafes, right over the Ayalon Highway.”
Currently, the Highway is regarded as a hub of traffic congestion and air pollution.
The plan also proposes connecting the park with Yarkon Park in the north and Ariel Sharon Park in the south by a continuous pedestrian trail and bike track. The plan devotes special attention to the vicinity of HaShalom railway station, in cooperation with the Ministry of Transportation and Israel Railways.
Tel Aviv City Councilman Etai Pinkas, chairman of the Ayalon covering project steering committee said: “The covering of Ayalon is turning from a vision to reality. Step after step and approval after approval, the most congested infrastructure zone in the Middle East is about to become a distant memory, replaced by a large green lung and a new, vibrant, urban center, which will connect all sides of the city, with an emphasis on the south. Real estate construction plans around Ayalon are already being adjusted to the covering and its positive impact will already be felt in the near future.”