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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique adventure in hiking and riding that should be enjoyed by all. The Kerem Tunnel is the first cycle tunnel in Israel and was officially opened in the year 2000 as part the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. Its southern entry is located within Refaim Park under Ein Laban. The northern entry, Nahal Ein Kerem, is about half a kilometer away from the Nahal Ein Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was inaugurated by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister ZeevElkin. The ceremony was also attended by Mayor Moshelion, Avi Balehnikov, Gihon Water Company Chairman, as well as hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a very well-known tourist destination due to its historic past. Elkin said that today in addition to its rich history, Jerusalem is also a destination for modern-day tourists. “The opening of this tunnel project is another part of the expansion of Jerusalem’s city Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourist destination for all kinds of audiences throughout Israel as well as around the world.”

Elkin who is in charge of the project in conjunction with Jerusalem Municipality said that his ministry invests millions of dollars in the city’s tourism growth and the development of innovative activities and ventures that tie the rich history of Jerusalem to its future. I invite cyclists to enjoy a well-maintained, modern cycling route that overlooks the distinctive nature of Old Jerusalem.

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

Elkin stated that the Kerem Tunnel project was a key tool in realizing the dream of changing the concept for transport throughout Jerusalem. “The tunnel is set to connect to the Jerusalem Ring Path. נווה פריצקי It will be connected to the many cycling routes that exist within the city. These will be paved in its numerous neighborhoods. The objective is to encourage cycling among the residents of the city.

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 1990s to create the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is now being utilized as an infrastructure tunnel which includes the fifth waterline that runs to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation. “The Kerem Tunnel Project is crucial in achieving the goal of changing the transportation concept throughout Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
The works currently underway include road construction, the installation of blowers and advanced security and electrical systems to make the tunnel safe for pedestrians to travel through all year round.

The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation spots such as the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium, along with the historic natural springs in Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.