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In the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route, which surrounds the capital city, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entry point can be found within Refaim Park below Ein Laban. While the northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem about half a km from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel project was officially inaugurated at a formal ceremony on Thursday attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov as well as hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem’s glorious past was a reason that it was an extremely popular tourist destination in the past. Elkin said that apart from its historical treasures and modern amenities, tourism has also been incorporated into the city of Jerusalem. https:/ “The launch of the tunnel project is a further part of the growth of the city of Jerusalem and its transformation into a dazzling tourist destination for all kinds of visitors throughout Israel and throughout the world.”

Elkin’s ministry, which also headed the project alongside Jerusalem Municipality, declared that his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels annually in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism industry and is involved in developing new ventures and attractions which connect the glorious historic history of our capital city and its future.” I would like to invite cyclists to join us and take a ride along an up-to-date and well-maintained cycling route that takes in the unique landscape of Old Jerusalem.”

Elkin’s Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry budgeted the project.

Elkin stated the fact that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is an essential tool for achieving the goal to change the way we think about transport in Jerusalem.” “The tunnel, which connects with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect with existing cycle paths within the city, and will be paved within its various areas. It’s designed to encourage cycling among its residents, and to promote the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 90s to move an important sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel which includes the fifth waterline that runs to Jerusalem via the Mekorot water corporation.

“The Kerem tunnel is a vital tool in achieving the goal of changing Jerusalem’s transportation system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
To make the tunnel accessible to the general public throughout the year, the works include road construction and installation of blowers.

The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreational areas, for instance Ein Kerem, a neighborhood that includes a biblical aquarium and zoo, and historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.