An interchange, including a 100-meter bridge, was dedicated, Thursday, at the entrance to the Ramat Chovav industrial area, 12 kilometers south of Be'er Sheva' on Highway 40. The interchange replaces an intersection controlled by traffic lights.
The Ramat Chovav Industrial Council invested 6.6 million shekels of the NIS 25-million project. Transportation and Road Safety Minister Yisrael Katz said, "The interchange has a high degree of safety importance, mainly due to its proximity to one of Israel's most important areas in terms of handling hazardous materials." Emphasizing safe and comfortable transportation, he added, "We believe that the new interchange will facilitate the absorption of other plants at the sie. This is another link in Israel's investment in strengthening ties between the center [of the country] and the periphery."