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The Kerem Tunnel is a great location to go on a hike or ride.
נווה פריצקי As part of the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route that surrounds Jerusalem’s capital, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated. It connects Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. נווה פריצקי Its southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban while the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem, about half a kilometer close to 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 as well as hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a popular tourist attraction due to its rich history. Elkin stated that, in addition to its historical treasures the modern tourist industry is integrated into the Jerusalem city. “The opening (of [this] tunnel project is an additional part of the expansion of Jerusalem and the transformation of Jerusalem into a popular tourist city for all sorts of visitors throughout Israel as well as around the globe.” Elkin his ministry, which together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, said his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year in the development of Jerusalem’s tourism in all its aspects and also in the development of new activities and ventures that connect the rich history of our capital city’s eternal past to the future of Jerusalem… I would like to invite cyclists to visit and enjoy an up-to-date and well-maintained cycling route that takes in the unique landscape of Old Jerusalem.”

Elkin’s Ministry, the Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation all contributed to the project. The Jerusalem Development Authority completed the work. Elkin declared that the Kerem Tunnel project was a crucial element in achieving the vision of altering the way of transportation in Jerusalem. “The new tunnel connecting to Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing bicycle paths and the ones that will be paved within its neighborhoods. It is intended to encourage cycling within the city’s residents and to promote the green movement in Jerusalem.”

In the 1990s in the 1990s, the Kerem Tunnel was excavated to move the main sewer line from Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel and also houses the fifth water line which is operated to Jerusalem by the Mekorot water company.

“The Kerem tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the goal of changing the notion of transportation in Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
To make the tunnel usable to the public year-round, the works include road construction as well as the installation of blowers.

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