TEL AVIV (Sep. 19)
President Zalman Shazar, Labor Minister Yigal Allon and Tourism Minister Moshe Kol were present today at ceremonies near the town of Sodom marking the opening of a new highway from the port of Eilat to the Dead Sea. The road, 104 miles long and 22 feet wide, was built in seven years at a cost of $8.3 million. Officials said it would cut substantially the expense of shipping potash and other Dead Sea chemicals to Eilat.
Today also marked the opening of another new road, between Kibbutz Dan and Banias in occupied Syria. Built at a cost of $283,000, this road will link the Israel highway network with highways on the Syrian heights. Completion was also announced today of repairs to roads on the Syrian heights which had been damaged during the recent war.