area within its right of way. The total length of the
corridor is about 50 kilometers, with an estimated
cost of $185 million.
Misam Younis, Maher Yusuf,
Akram M. M. Shtaiwi—An-Najah
dor includes both road and rail connection that
cross a desert level area then climbs a very rough
mountainous terrain—the corridor also has to avoid
the Israeli settlement pattern, military bases, environmentally sensitive areas, and archaeological areas.
Transportation is considered to be vital in any
country, and a measurement of the country's
growth level and quality of life. Development of
the transportation systems in Palestine is of special
importance since this region is considered to be
the heart of the Middle East and the ring connecting Asia with Africa continents.
This corridor will primarily consist of a roadway
(two lanes per direction) and a dual railway sys-
tem, with possible addition of electricity, oil, tele-
phone, and water lines with proper clearance
At the outset, the design tested the capabilities of
Bentley InRoads, but by the end of the project, the
design team was surprised by its powerful input
data methodology, geometric design, quantities
calculations, modeling, and output presentation. ;
To have an independent Palestinian state
living in peace with neighbors after years of occupation and struggle, connecting the two physically separated parts of the Palestinian territories, the
West Bank and Gaza Strip, is urgently needed.
Such a connection will facilitate the economic as
well as social integration between these two parts.
Very recently, USAID, along with the World Bank,
agreed to finance the development of the West
Bank-Gaza Strip corridor, and appointed a U.S.
consulting firm to study the technical and feasibility of constructing the corridor.
The project is unique, as it connects the two parts
of the Palestinian state. The concept of this corridor was agreed upon in the Oslo Agreement in
1993. Although there have been many challenges in the design of the corridor—as the corri-