Highway 6, widely known as the Trans-Israel Highway, is a major electronic toll highway in Israel. It started operating in the early 2000s and is being lengthened as construction proceeds on newer sections. As of 2009, parts of it are still under construction.
The aim of the Highway is to provide an efficient north-south transportation corridor in the country while allowing drivers to bypass the traffic-congested Tel Aviv region, located in the center of the country. Thus it is the Eastern-most major highway in Israel. Currently Highway 6 is 140 km long, all of which is a freeway. This figure will grow in the next few years as additional segments, currently undergoing statutory approvals and permitting processes, are extended from the existing section of the road.
Highway 6 is the first Israeli build-operate-transfer road constructed, carried out mainly by the private sector in return for a license to collect tolls on the highway for a given number of years. It is also one of the largest infrastructure projects undertaken in Israel in recent years.