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

נווה פריצקי It links Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. The southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban, and the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem, about half a kilometer close to the Kerem junction. The opening ceremony of the tunnel which measures 2.1 kilometers long took place in Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman) as well as a plethora of cyclists.

Jerusalem was a sought-after tourist destination because of its rich history. Elkin explained that today along with its historical treasures the tunnel construction project incorporates modern-day tourism. “The launch of the tunnel project is another part of the development of Jerusalem’s city Jerusalem and its transformation into an attractive city that is attractive to all types of audiences in Israel and throughout the globe.”

נווה פריצקי Elkin who’s ministry responsible for the project, along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry had invested thousands of shekels every year in Jerusalem’s tourist development as well as in creating new attractions and ventures which will link the amazing historic past with the the future of Jerusalem. נווה פריצקי I would like to invite cyclists to visit and enjoy the modern and well-maintained cycle route that offers a view of the unique landscape of Old Jerusalem.”

Elkin’s Ministry, the Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality, and the Gihon Corporation all contributed to the project. The Jerusalem Development Authority completed the work.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the vision to transform the idea of transportation across Jerusalem,” Elkin said. “The tunnel, which will connect to the long Jerusalem Ring Path, will join existing bike routes in the city as well as the ones that will be laid in the various neighborhoods with the aim of encouraging cycling among its residents and its visitors, and also in promoting the green revolution in transportation in the capital city.”

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 90s to move the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently used as an infrastructure Tunnel which includes the fifth waterline to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation.

“The Kerem Tunnel Project is an important tool in realizing the goal of transforming the concept of transportation across Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
The current works include road construction, installation blowers as well as advanced safety systems to ensure that the tunnel is safe to use all year.

The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreational areas, for instance Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which has a Biblical aquarium and zoo, as well as ancient natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.