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The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s first bike tunnel, opened as part of Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycle route is located around Jerusalem.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entrance is below Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance is found in Nahal Ein Kerem.

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

The city’s rich history was a reason that it was an extremely popular tourist destination during the time of its glory. Elkin said that today aside from its historical treasures it is also home to modern-day travelers. “The launch of the tunnel project [is] another element of the development of Jerusalem. It makes Jerusalem an attractive destination for tourists of all types of audience within Israel as well as around the world.”

נווה פריצקי Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, stated that his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the improvement of the tourism industry in Jerusalem and the development of innovative attractions and ventures that connect the fascinating history of our capital city to its future… I encourage the cycling community to ride a secure and modern route that takes you through Old Jerusalem.

Elkin’s Ministry, Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25 million to the project. נווה פריצקי Work was performed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the idea to change the concept of transportation across Jerusalem,” Elkin emphasized. Elkin said that the new tunnel is connected with the Jerusalem Ring Path and will connect with existing bike paths. The tunnel will also be paved in the various areas. נווה פריצקי The tunnel will be a great way to increase cycling and encourage green transportation in the capital.

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 90s to move a main sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is now being utilized as an infrastructure tunnel that includes the fifth waterline to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation.

“The Kerem tunnel project is essential to achieving the vision for changing Jerusalem’s transport system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
Present work includes road construction, installation blowers, as well as advanced safety equipment to ensure the tunnel is safe for all to use all year.

The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to numerous recreational sites, such as Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium, as well historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.