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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding.
In the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route that surrounds Jerusalem’s capital city, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated. The tunnel links Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban, and the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem, about one kilometer away from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially opened by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin. It was also attended by Mayor Moshelion, Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company Chairman, as well as hundreds of cyclists.

“In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive tourist city due to its rich past. Elkin stated that, in addition to its rich history and modern amenities, tourism has also been incorporated into Jerusalem’s city. נווה פריצקי “The launch of the tunnel project is a different element of the progress of Jerusalem as well as it’s transformation into an attractive tourist destination for all types throughout Israel and around the world.

Elkin, whose ministry and the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, said that the Jerusalem Municipality’s ministry “invests hundreds to millions of shekels annually to develop all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism and the creation and operation of new tourist attractions, ventures, and activities that connect the glorious history of Jerusalem’s eternal city to its future”. I would like to invite cyclists to enjoy a safe and modern-day route that takes you through Old Jerusalem.

About NIS 25 million were earmarked in the project. It was budgeted by Elkin’s ministry, the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality as well as the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, with the work carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is the central instrument for achieving the idea to change the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem,” Elkin stressed. “The tunnel, which will connect to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing bicycle pathways in the city, as well as those that will be paved in the various neighborhoods with the aim of encouraging cycling among its residents and its visitors and encouraging the green transportation revolution in the capital city.”

נווה פריצקי In the 1990s In the 90s, in the 1990s, Kerem Tunnel was excavated to relocate the main sewer line of Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is now utilized for infrastructure purposes. It also houses the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem by the Mekorot water company. “The Kerem tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the dream of changing the notion of transportation in Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
To make the tunnel accessible to the general public throughout the year the work includes road construction, as well as installation of blowers.

The Kerem Tunnel provides access to special recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the biblical aquarium and zoo as well as the natural springs of historical significance Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.