Main Jaffa Road to Be Closed; Traffic Nightmare Expected

Boats docked at the Jaffa Port, near Tel Aviv. (Flash90)

The normally heavy traffic in south Tel Aviv is set to get heavier – much heavier – as Yerushalayim Boulevard, the main north-south artery in Jaffa, is set to be closed to traffic. The reason for the closure is the construction of a portion of the Tel Aviv light rail, which will commence in Jaffa at the end of May.

The Jaffa section of the railway will be above ground, so there will be no need for the lengthy process of tunnel-digging that is taking place elsewhere in the area. As such, the laying of the track should be relatively quick, but on the other hand, the entire length of the road will be closed, with only buses permitted. Residents of Jaffa will have to take the narrow side streets to commute through the city, and the situation is expected to cause even more traffic jams in the already busy area of south Tel Aviv, just to the north of Jaffa.

To help residents of Jaffa, the city will run free shuttles for residents that will take them through Jaffa and leave them at bus and train stops in Tel Aviv. Despite that, residents of the city are not convinced that those solutions will work, and a series of protests are planned against the road closure.