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The Kerem Tunnel is a great spot to hike and ride.
In the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route that surrounds Jerusalem’s capital city, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated. The tunnel runs along the Nahal Refaim-Emek Mostza path. Its southern entry is located in Refaim Park under Ein Laban. The northern entrance, Nahal Ein Kerem, is just half a kilometer away from the Kerem junction.

Inauguration of the tunnel, which is 2.1 kilometers long, was held in Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman) as well as a plethora of cyclists.

“In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive city for tourists due to its rich past. Elkin explained that the modern tourism industry is an integral part of Jerusalem’s historical treasures and incorporates modern day tourism. “The launch (of the tunnel) is an additional part of the growth of Jerusalem and the transformation of Jerusalem into a popular tourist city for all sorts of audiences across Israel and around the world.” Elkin the minister whose ministry as well as the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, stated that the Jerusalem Municipality’s ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year in the development all aspects Jerusalem’s tourism and the development and operation of innovative tourist attractions, ventures, and activities that connect the glorious history of Jerusalem to its future”. I encourage cyclists to take advantage of a an attractive, well-maintained cycling route overlooking the unique scenery of Old Jerusalem.

The project was financed by the Elkin’s Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The project was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority. Elkin said, “The Kerem Tunnel project will be the central tool for realizing our vision to change the concept transportation throughout Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel, which will connect to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing bicycle routes in the city as well as those that are paved throughout the city’s neighborhoods with the aim of encouraging cycling among the city’s residents as well as its visitors and encouraging the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in 1990 in order to transfer the main sewer from Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. The plant is located west of Sorek and is used today as an infrastructure tunnel.

“The Kerem Tunnel Project is essential to realize the goal of changing the transportation concept across Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon

To make the tunnel accessible to the public all year round the work includes road construction, as well as installing blowers.

The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to special recreation areas which include the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium as well as the historic natural springs in Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.