Monday, June 22, 2009

[Nobody’s] been workin’ on the railroad

Recently, the Knesset State Control Committee met to discuss the Yerushalayim-Tel Aviv high-speed railway, a project which is way behind schedule and way over budget.

Although the Tel Aviv-Modiin portion of the line is currently in use, most of the Modiin-Yerushalayim section is nowhere near completion.

Meanwhile, a few years ago, railway workers finished building a long bridge just outside of Modiin.

The bridge was designed to lead into a tunnel under a nearby mountain, but it remains to be seen when – or, perhaps, even if – construction will commence on the tunnel.

Here’s what the bridge looks like from above. (As always, click for a closer view.)

IMG_5745 - Copy IMG_5748And there you have it.

The Israeli version of the bridge to nowhere…



Special thanks to YZG for taking these pictures during a recent road trip.

Update: Leora has another view of the same bridge here.


  1. Just think, if Iran's govt falls and the new one is much better for Israel (even if it's just because they are too busy fighting among themselves than pointing weapons at Israel), then Israel might be able to think a bit more about infrastructure. I have hopes.

    Thanks for the link. It makes me want to go back and take some more pictures. Or just go back and enjoy the big slices of pizza in Modiin.

  2. Leora - I have hopes./
    May they all be realized!

  3. Apparently it wont be ready before 2016 at the earliest, so Leora has lots of time to come back and take pictures

  4. Malke - And the craziest part is that it's not like anyone is particularly surprised that the project is taking so long. Everyone just shrugs, as if to say, "what did you expect..."


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