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Carmiel Train Will Pass Through a Five Kilometer Tunnel

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Saturday, June 4th, 2011

The Israel National Roads Company published a tender for constructing a double tunnel under the Gilon mountain. The length of each tunnel will be five kilometers and their depth will be 100 meters underground.

The tender for construction of the Gilon tunnel, through which the Acre-Carmiel railway will pass, will be executed using the Design-Build method. The contractor who wins the tender will be required to complete planning and quarrying of the tunnels that are five kilometers long at a depth of 100 meters underground within less than four years. In addition to the two main tunnels, 18 connecting tunnels will be built, at a distance of 250 meters from one another. Alongside quarrying the tunnels, the Acre-Carmiel railway project also includes other unique elements, such as construction of bridges and diversion of streams. The Acre-Carmiel railway line includes a double railway track of 23 km and two passenger stations in Achihud and Carmiel. The overall cost of the project is estimated to total approximately 2.8 billion NIS, with the cost of the Gilon tunnels estimated to total one billion NIS.

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