פקקים בכביש גהה
Police checkpoint on Messubim Interchange near Ramat Gan
Photo: Shaul Golan
Police checkpoint on Messubim Interchange near Ramat Gan

Israel sees heavy traffic jams due to police COVID checkpoints

Drivers commuting to work report heavy congestions as officers only allow traffic to pass through a single lane while stopping each vehicle and asking drivers where they were headed to

Assaf Zagrizak |
Published: 09.21.20 , 09:26
Heavy traffic was felt nationwide on Monday as police set up dozens of checkpoints across the country's highways as part of a three-week general lockdown aiming to stave off the spread of COVID-19.
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  • Drivers commuting to work reported officers only allowed traffic to pass through a single lane while stopping each vehicle and asking drivers where they were headed to.
    Heavy congestions along Israeli highways after Rosh Hashana amid coronavirus lockdown
    (Video: Netivei Israel)
    As a result, massive traffic congestions were reported on central Israel's main artery, Ayalon Highway, chiefly between Mevo Ayalon Interchange and the Independence Interchange from Rishon Lezion to Holon and between Herzliya Junction and Rokach Interchange from Herzliya to Tel Aviv.
    פקקים בכביש גההפקקים בכביש גהה
    Police checkpoint on Messubim Interchange near Ramat Gan
    (Photo: Shaul Golan)
    פקקים בכביש גההפקקים בכביש גהה
    (Photo: Shaul Golan)
    Highway 4, which runs along Israel's entire coastal plain of the Mediterranean Sea from the Rosh HaNikra border crossing with Lebanon in the North to the Erez Border Crossing with the Gaza Strip in the South, and Highway 2, which connects Tel Aviv and Haifa, were also heavily congested.
    Traffic jams were reported along Highway 4's Bar Ilan Interchange and Aluf Sadeh Interchange near Ramat Gan, Geha Interchange near Bnei Brak, Gan Raveh Interchange in Rishon Lezion, and the Ad Halom Interchange near Ashdod.
    עומסי תנועה באלוף שדה- גההעומסי תנועה באלוף שדה- גהה
    Police checkpoint between Aluf Sadeh Interchange and Geha Interchange
    (Photo: Shaul Golan)
    עומסי תנועה באלוף שדה- גההעומסי תנועה באלוף שדה- גהה
    (Photo: Shaul Golan)
    Israelis driving southward on Highway 4's northern section and Highway 8510 also reported snarl-ups from Shomrat junction and Ein Hamifratz junction between Nahariya and Akko. The east-west Highway 85 was also congested between Akko and Karmiel.
    Highway 70 was heavily congested between Hasidim junction and Yagur interchange near Haifa, Highway 40 in the north was congested between Megiddo Junction and HaSargel Junction south of Nazareth, and Road 443 has been congested between Qalandiya and Beit Horon near Jerusalem.


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