On a tour of the Beit Aryeh area, Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan promised to do everything possible to finally complete a road that has been languishing for over a decade. The Western Binyamin Bypass Road will allow travelers to Beit Aryeh and other towns in the area to avoid driving thorough several Arab villages.
The road, which cost NIS 250 million to build, was begun in 2006, but halted several years later when Ehud Barak became Defense Minister, with just two kilometers left unpaved. Since then, the other 10 kilometers of the road have gone unused.
The work was halted to divert resources to the construction of the security fence in the area, but local officials said that it was high time that it be completed. Beit Aryeh Mayor Avi Naim told Ben-Dahan that “it is not logical that Israel would not complete the road that would have strategic importance for thousands of drivers daily. Most of it is completed, but a small part remains unfinished. There is no legal reason for the holdup, as the entire road passes through areas that have been approved for construction and development.”
Ben-Dahan also discussed the project that would see lighting improved on roads in Yehudah and Shomron, as well as the completion of other traffic projects. Ben-Dahan promised to act to complete the roads, as well as the other projects discussed.