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The Kerem Tunnel is the first cycle tunnel in Israel and was inaugurated as part the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route around Jerusalem, the capital city.

It connects Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. The southern entrance is 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 and hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a popular tourist attraction due to its rich past. Elkin added that in addition to its historical treasures, modern tourism is also included in Jerusalem’s city. “The launch of the tunnel is another aspect of the growth of Jerusalem. It makes Jerusalem an attractive destination for tourists of all types of audience in Israel and around the world.”

Elkin’s ministry, which also in charge of the project together in conjunction with Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year throughout Jerusalem’s tourism industry and is involved in developing exciting attractions and ventures that connect the magnificent historical time of our capital city and its future.” I would like to invite cyclists to come and enjoy the modern and well-maintained cycle route that offers a view of the unique landscape of Old Jerusalem.”

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

Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project is an crucial tool to realize the goal to transform the idea of transport throughout Jerusalem. “The tunnel, which is being constructed to connect to the Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing paths for bicycles and those that will paved in its neighborhoods. The goal is to promote biking among its residents and promote the green revolution in transport in the capital.”

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the 1990s to move the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant located in Sorek, which is located to the west of the city. It is used today as an infrastructure tunnel that also includes the fifth water line to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

“The Kerem tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the vision to change the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
Present work includes road construction, installation blowers and sophisticated safety systems to ensure that the tunnel is safe for all to use throughout the year. The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreational areas, for instance Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which has a Biblical zoo and aquarium and ancient natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.