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The Kerem Tunnel offers an unforgettable hike and riding experience for the benefit of
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s newest bicycle tunnel, has been inaugurated as part of an extensive cycle path that circles the capital.

The tunnel is a link between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. נווה פריצקי The southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban and its northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem, about half a mile from the Kerem junction.

On Thursday, Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin and Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov, Gihon chairman, and a slew of cyclists attended a ceremony to inaugurate the tunnel’s 2.1-kilometer-long length.

The city’s rich history was a reason why it was an extremely popular tourist spot in the past. Today, apart from its historic treasures the city also offers modern tourism,” Elkin said. “The inauguration[of] the tunnel project is a different aspect of the development Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourist destination for all types throughout Israel and around the world.

Elkin who, through his ministry and the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, stated that his ministry “invests hundreds to millions of shekels each year to develop all aspects of Jerusalem’s visitors and in the development and operation of new attractions, ventures , and other attractions that link the rich history of our eternal city to its future”. I encourage all cyclists to come and take a ride along the modern, well-maintained route that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

A total of NIS 25 million were earmarked in the project. It was budgeted by the Elkin’s Ministry, the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, as well as the work done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin declared that the Kerem Tunnel project was a important tool to realize the vision of altering the way of transportation in Jerusalem. נווה פריצקי “The new tunnel, which is connected to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will join existing bike paths in the city and the ones that will be laid throughout the city’s neighborhoods to encourage cycling among its residents and its visitors as well as promoting the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel, originally excavated by the Gihon Corporation in the 1990s in order to transfer its main sewer line towards Sorek’s purification plant.

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

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
The works currently underway include road construction, installation of blowers as well as modern electrical and safety systems, to ensure the tunnel is safe for pedestrians to travel through throughout the year.

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 Ein Laban, and Ein Haniyeh.