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Route 6

Ecological Restoration Project

Route 6 is Israel's largest road project and a pioneering one in many ways: from being the country's first ever toll road, to its design as the most ecologically-forward transportation project to date.

The goal of the rehabilitation project was to limit damage to the fabric of the landscape and restore the landscape to its state prior to the construction of the road, whether this landscape was of an agricultural, urban or natural character.

Many challenges were to be met during the project's implementation, starting with its sheer unprecedented scope, via the collection of seeds from wild flowers, work with treated wastewater, adherence to strict specifications and coordinating with the extremely tight schedules of the earthworks, roads and bridge contractors.

The Green Way carried out this first-of-its-kind project, by training teams to reclaim land, to design and install irrigation systems, controlled from a distance over very large tracts of land – including main piping and drips – flow control systems, water chlorination systems, supply and planting of flowers, trees and shrubs and the rehabilitation of streams that crossed the road's course.

A special scheme was set up to remove geophytes, bulbs, tubers and wildflower seeds from the site, store them in special nurseries – frozen or dormant – and finally – years later – to regenerate them, sprout and plant them, thus restoring nature to its previous state.

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