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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 circles the capital.

The tunnel links the paths between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. נווה פריצקי The tunnel’s southern entrance is beneath Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem.

The tunnel’s official opening ceremony which measures 2.1 kilometers long took place in Jerusalem and the Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman) and hundreds more cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a popular tourist attraction due to its rich past. Nowadays, aside from its historical treasures the city also offers modern tourism,” Elkin said. “The launch of the tunnel project is a different aspect of the growth of Jerusalem. It makes Jerusalem an attractive tourist place for every kind of person throughout Israel as well as around the world.”

The ministry of Elkin, which responsible for the project along in conjunction with Jerusalem Municipality, stated that his ministry “invests hundreds and millions of shekels every year in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism industry and is involved in developing new ventures and attractions which connect the glorious historic time of our capital city with its future.” I would like to invite you to ride your bicycles along a beautiful and well-maintained road that overlooks Old Jerusalem. A total of NIS 25 million were put into in the project, budgeted by Elkin’s ministry, the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, and the work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stated that the Kerem Tunnel project was a key tool in realizing the goal of altering the way of transport throughout 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 different neighborhood. The tunnel is intended to encourage bicycle riding within the city’s residents and also to encourage an environmentally sustainable transportation system in Jerusalem.”

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

“The Kerem Tunnel Project is crucial in achieving the vision to change the way transportation is thought of across Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
Present projects include road construction, installation blowers and advanced safety systems to ensure that the tunnel is secure to use all year. The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation sites – including the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium, as well as the historic natural springs of Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.