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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding. The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s newest cycle tunnel, was opened as part an extensive cycle path that runs through the capital.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. Its southern entry is located within Refaim Park under Ein Laban. The northern entry, Nahal Ein Kerem, is about half a kilometer away from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel project was officially inaugurated in a ceremony on Thursday attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov as well as hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a popular tourist destination because of its historical past. Elkin stated that today along with its historical treasures the tunnel construction project includes modern tourism. “The opening of this tunnel project is another part of the growth of Jerusalem’s city Jerusalem as well as its development into a dazzling tourist city for all types of people in Israel and throughout the globe.” Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, stated that the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the development of all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism and in the creation of innovative activities and ventures that connect the fascinating history of our capital city’s eternal past to its future… I encourage you to take your bicycles along a beautiful maintained, well-maintained path that looks out over Old Jerusalem.

The project was financed by the Elkin’s Ministry and the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The work was done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool for achieving the idea to transform the idea of transport in Jerusalem. “The new tunnel, which will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing cycle routes within the city, as well as those that will be constructed within the diverse neighborhood. The tunnel is intended to encourage bicycling within the city’s residents and to promote an environmentally sustainable transportation system in Jerusalem.”

In the late 1990s In the 90s, in the 1990s, Kerem Tunnel was excavated to relocate the main sewer line from Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is now used for infrastructure purposes and also houses the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

נווה פריצקי “The Kerem Tunnel Project is essential to realize the vision to change the way transportation is thought of across Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
The current works include road construction, the installation of blowers as well as modern security and electrical systems to make the tunnel safe for the public to pass through all year round.

There is also the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique places to relax, such as Ein Kerem, the Biblical Zoo, aquarium, and the Ein Kerem neighborhood.