Israel mulls highway PPP

The Israeli government is considering the PPP model to deliver a section of a highway project.

Transport Minister Yisrael Katz is to seek cabinet approval for a section of Highway 90 to be upgraded under PPP terms.

Part of a wider plan to upgrade Highway 90 from Eilat to the Sea of Galilee, Katz has instructed his ministry and the country’s road network authority Netivei Israel to outline initial plans for the “mega-project” in the next 30 days.

The PPP component would encompass the southern section of the highway from Ktura to the Arava junction and the Nevatim interchange.

A partner will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the section for 25 years, upgrading the project from one-lane to a two-lane highway in each direction.

Netivei Israel has already upgraded a section from Eilat to Yotvata, with an investment of ILS500m ($135m).