In the past two years, various upgrading and construction works were performed at Allenby Bridge Terminal, financed by the Judea and Samaria Civil Administration and the Israel Airports Authority, in order to improve the quality of service at the place, enhance efficiency of the processes and reduce waiting times.
Date: 07.02.13 Author: Menachem Adoni
At the Allenby Bridge Terminal, which serves for passage of hundreds of pedestrians every day, between Judea and Samaria, Israel and Jordan, a series of infrastructure projects, renovation and construction works and system improvements have been done in the last two years, in order to improve the welfare of the Palestinians passing through the Terminal. The Terminal, which is managed by the Terminals Authority at the Jordanian Kingdom on one part and the Israel Airports Authority on the other part, constitutes the central “exit gate” for the Palestinian population on its way abroad.
The Civil Administration has a permanent representation at the Allenby Bridge Terminal, which, among its other roles, is responsible for solution of population documentation and registry, quality of service to people passing through and visiting the Bridge, as well as direct communication with the Palestinian population that arrives at the Terminal.
The many projects performed at Allenby Bridge Terminal include: upgrading of communication lines, establishment of facility for transport of construction sand to the Palestinian Authority. Also, a project for operation of designated vehicles for handicapped people at the Terminal has been commenced. Operation of the vehicles began in 2011 and was expanded in 2012.
Also, the Civil Administration added road lighting in Junction 128. During the project, 47 lighting poles were erected, at a cost of NIS1.5 million. Further to performance of projects at Allenby Bridge Terminal, the access road to the Terminal (western Road 90) was upgraded, at a cost of approx. 2.5 million NIS. At the Terminal itself, 8 plasma screens were installed at the travelers halls, through which messages and information are transmitted to the passengers. The exit hall to Jordan was upgraded and the traffic inside the Allenby Bridge was regulated. Among other matters, lighting at the waiting hall was improved, air conditioning was upgraded, seats were upgraded to new seats and drinking points, food shop, restrooms and more were installed.
In addition to Israeli Arabs and Palestinians from Judea and Samaria and Jordan that pass through the Bridge every day, there is a special passage through the Bridge that is intended for goods and through which large quantities of goods are transferred every day back-to-back, such as: transfer of marble stones from Judea and Samaria to Jordan, foods from Israel to Judea and Samaria, medicines, fruits, sand, wood, electric products and additional supplies. The goods passage is an important and material passage channel for supporting the local Palestinian economy and an important route for export of goods, primarily agricultural, from Judea and Samaria to Jordan and from there to world markets.
“The policy we implement with the Israel Airports Authority is improving service to passengers. Therefore, we led and are still leading expanded renovation at the place, in order to reduce waiting times as much as possible and simplify passage of travelers on the Bridge”, noted the Bridge commander on behalf of the Jericho DCL, Maj. Yusef Hassan.