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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique adventure in hiking and riding that should be loved by everyone. The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s newest bicycle tunnel, has been opened as part the 42-kilometer cycle route which runs through the capital.

נווה פריצקי The tunnel links Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. נווה פריצקי The southern entrance is in Refaim Park under Ein Laban. The northern entry, Nahal Ein Kerem, is just half a kilometer away from the Nahal Ein Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially inaugurated by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister ZeevElkin. It was also attended by Mayor Moshelion Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company chairman, as well as many cyclists. Jerusalem was once a tourist attraction because of its rich history. Today, apart from its rich history, it also incorporates modern tourism,” Elkin said. “The opening (of the tunnel) is an additional part of the growth of Jerusalem, and it’s transformation into a sought-after tourist destination for all kinds of people in Israel as well as across the world.”

Elkin who’s ministry responsible for the project, along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry had invested hundreds of millions of shekels every year in Jerusalem’s tourist development and in the development of new activities and ventures which will link the amazing historic past with the the future of Jerusalem. I would like to invite cyclists everywhere to visit and enjoy the modern, well-maintained route that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

Elkin’s Ministry, Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25 million for the project. The project was executed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

נווה פריצקי Elkin explained that the Kerem Tunnel project is an important tool in realizing the vision to change the way of thinking and transport throughout Jerusalem. “The new tunnel, which is connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing cycle paths within the city as well as those that are being constructed in its various areas. נווה פריצקי It is designed to encourage cycling within its inhabitants, and to promote the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the late 90s to relocate an important sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently 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 the central instrument for achieving the vision to change the concept of transportation throughout Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
To make the tunnel accessible to the public year-round The works comprise road construction and installation of blowers.

Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel allows for access to exclusive recreation areas such as Ein Kerem, a neighborhood that includes a biblical aquarium and zoo, as well as ancient natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.