|Planning Committee Scraps Highway through Nature Reserve|
The Ayalon Highway will not be extended northwards.
Israel’s National Infrastructures Committee decided to scrap a plan to extend the Ayalon Freeway further north from Herzliya. A coalition of environmentalist groups supported by NIF through the Green Environment Fund (GEF), including Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) and Green Course, persuasively argued that the new highway would have cut through the Sharon National Park, crossed the Alexander River and blighted the landscape.
The committee accepted the coalition’s alternative plan to widen the existing coastal highway instead.