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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.
In the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route, which surrounds the capital, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.

The tunnel is located along the Nahal Refaim-Emek Mostza path. נווה פריצקי The tunnel’s southern entrance is located within Refaim Park below Ein Laban. While the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem about half a km away from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel was officially opened in a ceremony held on Thursday that was attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov and hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem’s rich past was the main reason for it to be the most visited tourist spot in the past. Elkin stated that the current tourism industry is one of Jerusalem’s treasures from the past and incorporates modern day tourism. “The inauguration of this tunnel is another element of the development of Jerusalem. The tunnel transforms Jerusalem into an attractive destination for tourists of any kind of crowd within Israel as well as around the world.”

Elkin who’s ministry responsible for the project, along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry has invested hundreds of millions of shekels annually in the development of Jerusalem’s tourism as well as in creating new ventures and attractions that connect the stunning historic past with the the future of Jerusalem. I invite cycling enthusiasts to visit and enjoy an up-to-date and well-maintained cycling route that overlooks the special landscape of Old Jerusalem.”

Around NIS 25 million was put into in the project. It was budgeted by Elkin’s ministry, the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality as well as the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, with the work carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the idea to transform the idea of transportation across Jerusalem,” Elkin stressed. נווה פריצקי “The tunnel, which connects with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing cycle routes in the city and will be paved within its different neighborhood. It is designed to encourage bicycle riding among its residents, and also to encourage a green transportation revolution in Jerusalem.”

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

“The Kerem tunnel project is central to realizing the dream of transforming Jerusalem’s transportation system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
The current projects include road construction, installation blowers, and sophisticated security systems to ensure the tunnel is safe for all to use during the entire year.

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