Civil Administration funds large-scale upgrade to the Allenby Bridge

Used by hundreds of passengers daily, as well as for the transfer of goods, the bridge will undergo renovation, significantly improving both conditions and efficiency

Date: 07/06/2012, 5:00 PM     Author: COGAT Website

The Allenby Bridge, which crosses the Jordan River and is located about five kilometers east of Jericho, will be upgraded in the coming months to improve services provided on the site. Funded by the Civil Administration, the renovation will increase efficiency and reduce waiting time.

The bridge serves as an international border crossing between Judea and Samaria, Israel and Jordan, regulated by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on one side and the Israel Airports Authority on the other. The bridge is also the main passage for Palestinians travelling overseas.

 Every day hundreds of people cross the bridge in both directions. The Civil Administration representatives are at the bridge at all times responsible for resolving documentation and population registration issues as well as improving service quality. The representatives maintain direct communication with Palestinians at the crossing, better accommodating both travelers and visitors.

“Procedures and processes at the bridge are taking less time than in the past” stated Mr. Safardi Rushdi, a resident of Ramallah and a frequent visitor to the Bridge.

Large quantities of goods are also transferred through every day. These include transferred from Judea and Samaria to Jordan as well as food products from Israel to Judea and Samaria, medication, fruit, trees, electrical products and other supplies.  The route enables export of goods, mostly agricultural, from Judea and Samaria to Jordan and then to foreign markets.

Following the Civil Administration’s decision to invest in the bridge several improvements were already implemented over the past few months. New lighting posts adding up to 1.5 million NIS in value were placed at the junction, to improve safety on the roads and prevent collisions, which previously caused traffic jams at the entrance to the crossing. Additionally, seats at the waiting hall were improved along with lights, air conditioning, as well as other equipment to better accommodate those crossing such as plasma television sets, water fountains, a cafeteria and bathrooms. 

“The policy that we enforce is to improve services provided to the passengers, which led to the large-scale renovation at the site, to reduce waiting times as much as possible and better facilitate passage,” said bridge commander, Maj. Yossef Hassan.

As part of the upgrade, two new vehicles will provide rides for handicapped passengers to ensure they arrive at the bridge safely and comfortably. An Israeli vehicle drives from within Israel to the bridge and another Jordanian vehicle drives from within Jordan to the site.