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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience. The Kerem Tunnel, the first cycle tunnel in Israel, has been inaugurated as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital city. It links Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is within Refaim Park under Ein Laban. The northern entrance, Nahal Ein Kerem, is just half a kilometer away from the Kerem junction.

On Thursday, Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin, Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov, Gihon chairman, and hundreds of cyclists participated in a ceremony to officially open the tunnel’s 2.1-kilometer-long length.

נווה פריצקי “In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive tourist city due to its rich past. Elkin said that the present tourist industry is a part of Jerusalem’s historical treasures and incorporates modern day tourism. “The launch of the tunnel project is another aspect of the growth of Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourism destination for all across Israel as well as around the world.

Elkin, who heads the project along with Jerusalem Municipality said that his ministry invests millions of dollars in Jerusalem’s tourism development and also in the development of new tourist attractions and ventures that connect the rich history of Jerusalem to the future. I encourage the cycling community to take a relaxing and modernized route that will take the cyclist through Old Jerusalem.

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

Elkin stated that the Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool for achieving the vision to change the way of thinking and transport in Jerusalem. “The tunnel, which is being constructed to connect to Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing bicycle paths and those that will paved in its areas. It is intended to encourage biking among its residents and promote the green movement in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the late 1990s to relocate the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant located in Sorek It is situated just west of the city. It is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel that includes the fifth water line to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

“The Kerem tunnel project is crucial to realize the dream of transforming Jerusalem’s transport system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
Road construction installation, blowers, modern safety systems , and electrical wiring are all part and parcel of the current work. The tunnel will be safe for public to use throughout the season.

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