NIS 8M Rail Overpass Interferes With Flight Paths

The Israel Railways's bridge linking Moshav Zafriya to the new terminal at Ben-Gurion International Airport will have to be demolished, as it will interfere with flight paths around the airport, the State Comptroller's Report has found.

The NIS 8 million bridge, near the Ben-Gurion 2000 project, was built without any coordination between Israel Railways and the Civil Aviation Authority - as is required - and deviates from building height restrictions determined by the plans for the terminal.

The government approved the establishment of the new airport terminal in 1994, including plans for it to be linked to the country's rail network.

In July 2002, the Civil Aviation Authority realized that Israel Railways had begun building a bridge for vehicular traffic to bypass the tracks near the moshav.

In August, the Transportation Ministry ordered Israel Railways to halt construction of the bridge due to concern it might interfere with flight paths.

In November, however, the director-general of the ministry ordered Israel Railways to resume construction of the bridge. According to the ministry, the bridge will have to be limited to private cars and eventually destroyed when the runway at the Ben-Gurion 2000 project is extended.