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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s newest cycle tunnel, was inaugurated as part of an extensive cycle path that is a loop around the capital. The tunnel is a link between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban, and the northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem, about half a mile from the Kerem junction.

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

Jerusalem’s rich past was the main reason why it was the most visited tourist spot in the past. Elkin stated that the present, in addition to its historical treasures the tunnel project incorporates modern-day tourism. “The inauguration of this tunnel is another element of the development of Jerusalem. The tunnel transforms the city into an attractive tourist destination for every kind of person throughout Israel as well as around the world.”

Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, stated that his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year in the development of the tourism industry in Jerusalem and in the creation of new activities and ventures that connect the rich history of our capital city to the future of Jerusalem… I would like to invite cyclists to come and enjoy the modern and well-maintained cycle route that offers a view of the unique landscape of Old Jerusalem.”

נווה פריצקי A total of NIS 25 million was earmarked in the project, budgeted by Elkin’s ministry The Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality as well as the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, and the work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project was a key tool in realizing the dream of changing the concept for transportation in Jerusalem. “The new tunnel, which connects to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will join existing bike routes in the city as well as those that are paved in the various neighborhoods to encourage cycling among its residents and its visitors, and also in promoting the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the late 90s to relocate an important sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is now being used as an infrastructure Tunnel that includes the fifth waterline to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation. “The Kerem tunnel project is essential to achieving the goal of changing Jerusalem’s transportation system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
The works currently underway include road construction, the installation of blowers as well as modern electrical and safety systems, to ensure the tunnel is safe for pedestrians to travel through throughout the year.

The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to special recreation areas such as the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium along with the historic natural springs in Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh. נווה פריצקי