Bnei Brak Demands Investigation Over Collapsed Roadway

View of the construction site for the new Tel Aviv Light Rail. (Flash90)

With the new year at hand, Israel’s hot summer weather is changing as well – and over the weekend, rain fell in dozens of places in central and northern Israel. Rain fell in Bnei Brak as well – heavy enough to cause the collapse of a roadway adjacent to a building site for the new Tel Aviv metropolitan subway system. The collapse occurred on Eli Hacohen Street, and two vehicles that were parked on the street were partially submerged in the resulting hole. No one was injured in the incident.

The entrances to several buildings was declared dangerous, and an underground parking lot was also damaged. Police said it would take several days to fix the damage and render the area safe for pedestrians, if not drivers.

How does a street that has been in existence for years suddenly collapse? Obviously, said city officials, because excavations for the subway system were conducted under it – and apparently in a negligent manner. As a result, Bnei Brak and road authorities are demanding an investigation into the incident, to determine what might have caused the problem.

The weather over Rosh Hashana is expected to warm up slightly, after morning showers on Sunday and overnight Sunday. Temperatures are expected to be slightly below normal for this time of year.