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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience. The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s newest cycle tunnel, was opened as part the 42-kilometer cycle route which runs through the capital.

It connects Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entry point is located within Refaim Park below Ein Laban. The northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem about half one kilometer away from the Kerem junction.

On Thursday, Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin, Mayor Michael, Avi Baleshnikov, Gihon chairman, and a slew of cyclists were present at a celebration to inaugurate the tunnel’s 2.1-kilometer-long length.

Jerusalem was once a very sought-after tourist destination due to its historical past. Elkin said that the present tourism industry is one of Jerusalem’s historic treasures and also incorporates modern tourism. “The inauguration (of [this] tunnel project is an additional part of the development of Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourist destination for all kinds of visitors throughout Israel and around the globe.”

Elkin who, along with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the improvement of Jerusalem’s tourism in all its aspects and in the creation of exciting activities and ventures that connect the glorious historical past of our capital city to its future… I encourage you to take your bicycles on a scenic and well-maintained road that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

The project was funded by Elkin’s ministry and the Tourism Ministry. נווה פריצקי It also included the budgets for the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The project was done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the goal to change the concept of transportation in Jerusalem,” Elkin stressed. נווה פריצקי “The new tunnel, which is connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing cycle routes within the city, and will be constructed within the various neighborhoods. It’s designed to encourage bicycling within the city’s residents and also to encourage a green transportation revolution in Jerusalem.”

In the 1990s, the Kerem Tunnel was excavated to transfer the main sewer line from Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is now utilized as an infrastructure tunnel and also houses the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

“The Kerem Tunnel Project is essential to realize the vision of transforming the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
To make the tunnel usable to the public year-round, the works include road construction and installing blowers.

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