Tel Aviv light rail 12-kilometer tunneling beginsStaff Writer | February 16, 2017
The first tunnel boring machine (TBM) will start digging a tunnel for the Tel Aviv light rail red line on Sunday, four months ahead of schedule.
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When this machine finishes the first 100 meters of the tunnel, another machine will start digging a parallel tunnel on the same route, so that the ground remains stable. The planned digging rate is 10 meters a day.
The 12-kilometer tunnels will be dug at a depth of 30 meters, stretching from Kiryat Arie in Petah Tikva to Herzl Street, corner of Lilienblum Street in Tel Aviv.
A total of eight machines are slated to go into operation by the end of the year. Four of them will set out from Galei Gil, two in each direction.
Two will start from the light rail operational area in Kiryat Arie via Em Hamoshavot Road, and westward from there on Jabotinsky Road, until they meet the machines coming from Galei Gil at the Ben Gurion station on the border between Bnei Brak and Ramat Gan.
The machines coming from Galei Gil in the direction of Tel Aviv will reach the Carlebach station, where the will meet the machines coming from Herzl Street. ■