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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding.
נווה פריצקי As part of the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route, which surrounds the capital, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.

The tunnel connects the path between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The southern entrance of the tunnel is below Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance can be located in Nahal Ein Kerem.

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was inaugurated on Thursday, by Jerusalem and the heritage minister Ze’ev Elkin as well as Mayor Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon, chairman of Gihon as well as a multitude of cyclists also attended.

Jerusalem was once a very popular tourist destination because of its historical past. Elkin stated that, today in addition to its historic treasures, it is also a destination for modern-day tourists. “The inauguration[of] the tunnel project is another aspect of the development Jerusalem as well as its transformation to an attractive tourism destination for all in Israel and the world.

Elkin who is in charge of the project together with Jerusalem Municipality said that his ministry invests hundreds of millions in the city’s tourism growth and in the creation innovative activities and ventures that tie the glorious past of Jerusalem to the future. I encourage all cyclists to take a trip and enjoy the contemporary, well-maintained road that takes in the view of Old Jerusalem.

The project was financed by Elkin’s ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority. נווה פריצקי Elkin stated that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is an essential tool for achieving the dream to redefine the idea of transport throughout Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel will be connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will connect with the various cycle paths already within the city. They will be laid in its various neighborhoods. The objective is to encourage cyclists in Jerusalem.

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

נווה פריצקי “The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool for achieving the dream of changing Jerusalem’s transportation model. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
To make the tunnel accessible to the public year-round the work includes road construction and installing blowers.

The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to exclusive recreation areas such as Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which has a Biblical zoo and aquarium and historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban. נווה פריצקי נווה פריצקי