Highway 73 (Israel)

Highway 73 is a highway in the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel. It proceeds from Nahalal junction in the west toward Adashim junction in the east. It is 12 km long.

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Highway 73
כביש 73
Route information
Length12 km (7.5 mi)
Major junctions
West endNahalal Junction
Major intersections
  • Barukh Junction
East endAdashim junction
Major citiesMigdal HaEmek
Highway system
Highway 71 Highway 75


With the establishment of Gvat and Sarid and settlement in the area of the Sharon Group and the Ayanot Group (which later established Ramat David) in 1926, representatives of the localities began to demand that the government pave the road that would connect the new localities to Afula-Nazareth Road and Haifa-Nazareth Road.[1] The first section of the road, which connected Route 60 with Ginegar, was paved in 1930.[2]

Before it was paved, the route of the road was used by passengers from Jerusalem and from Tel Aviv to Haifa to bypass Nazareth. Towards the end of 1934, an agreement was reached between the government and the surrounding localities on the construction of the road between Ginegar and Nahalal,[3] but in July 1935 the governor of the Nazareth district announced that the construction would be delayed for budgetary reasons. Haim Gvati hypothesized that the lack of paving of the road stems from the desire to prevent the diversion of traffic to Haifa from passing through Nazareth in a way that could harm trade in the city.[4] Preliminary work to pave the road began in early 1936.[5] With the outbreak of the Arab Revolt, pressure increased from the Jewish community to pave the road, due to attacks on vehicles of Jews passing through Nazareth[6] and in August 1936 the High Commissioner issued an official statement that the road was defined as a public project for land expropriation.[7] The work was handed over to Solel Boneh[8] and the paving of the road began in September 1936.[9] The settlers in the surrounding localities participated in paving the road, for which purpose they purchased a truck, which later became known thanks to the children's song "Our big green car" (version of Vi gå över daggstänkta berg).[10]

In November 1936 the work was stopped due to the rains, and it was renewed in March 1937 and the road was completed in July 1937. The road was paved 5.5 meters wide and 11.6 kilometers long.[11] In March 1938, repairs were made to the road near kibbutz Sarid.[12]

Initially, there was talk of paving a 3-meter-wide road at a cost of 3,000 pounds, and that the localities would participate in half the cost. Later, however, it was decided on a 5.5-meter-wide road at a cost of 17,500 pounds, and the government demanded that the localities participate in 5,000 pounds. On the advice of Moshe Sharett, the localities agreed, as part of the amount was promised by other localities in the area that also benefited from the paving of the road.[13]


Kilometers Name Location Intersecting routes
Highway 73
0 Nahalal junction Nahalal   Highway 75, Route 7626
1 Junction without name Nahalal Entrance to Nahalal
2 Junction without name Ramat David Entrance to Ramat David
3 Junction without name Gvat Entrance to Gvat
4 Junction without name Yifat Entrance to Yifat
5 Junction without name Sarid Entrance to Sarid
6 Barukh junction Migdal HaEmek Route 7255
10 Junction without name Ginegar Entrance to Ginegar
12 Adashim junction Tel Adashim   Highway 60

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  1. ^ Gvati, Haim (1935-01-14). "היסולל סוף סוף כביש נהלל - גניגר?" [Will the Nahalal-Ginegar Road finally be paved?]. Davar (in Hebrew). p. 4. Retrieved 2022-05-02.
  2. ^ "נשלם מפעל הכבישים בעמק" [Completed the road factory in the valley]. Davar (in Hebrew). 1931-01-22. p. 1. Retrieved 2022-05-02.
  3. ^ "איה הבטחת הממשלה לסלול כביש גניגר - נהלל?". Davar. 1934-12-27. p. 31. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  4. ^ Gvati, Haim (1935-08-19). "קיר אטום". Davar. p. 3. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  5. ^ "יש עבודות אך לא לנו. - עד מתי?". Davar (in Hebrew). 1936-02-06. p. 7. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  6. ^ "לאור המדורות". Davar. 1936-05-06. p. 3. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  7. ^ "כביש גניגר - נהלל". Davar. 1936-08-20. p. 6. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  8. ^ Repetur, Berl (1937-01-24). "על פני חזית העבודה". Davar. p. 79. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  9. ^ "כביש נהלל - גניגר". Davar. 1936-11-16. p. 10. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  10. ^ Aharoni, Miryam (November 2011). "סיפור סלילתו של כביש נהלל-גניגר בשנות ה-30". Kibbutz Yifat. Archived from the original on 2021-11-10. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  11. ^ Etinger, Sh. (1937-07-02). "כבישים חדשים בעמק יזרעאל". Davar. p. 20. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  12. ^ "הממשלה סוללת כביש בסביבה יהודית". Davar. 1938-03-10. p. 6. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  13. ^ Sharett, Moshe (18–19 July 1936). "יומן העבודה". Moshe Sharett and his Legacy. Archived from the original on 2019-01-30. Retrieved 2022-05-03.

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Coordinates: 32°39′40″N 35°15′50″E / 32.66111°N 35.26389°E / 32.66111; 35.26389