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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding.
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s newest cycle tunnel, is constructed as a part of the 42-kilometer cycle route which is a loop around the capital.

It links Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entry point is located in Refaim Park below Ein Laban. While the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem about half one kilometer away from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was officially opened on Thursday by Jerusalem and the heritage minister Ze’ev Elkin as well as Mayor Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon Chairman of Gihon as well as a multitude of cyclists were also in attendance.

Jerusalem’s rich past was the main reason why it was a popular tourist attraction during the time of its glory. Elkin said that today aside from its historical treasures it is also a destination for modern-day tourists. “The opening of this tunnel project [is] another aspect of the growth of Jerusalem. The tunnel makes Jerusalem an attractive tourist destination for all types of audience in Israel as well as around the world.”

נווה פריצקי Elkin his ministry, which together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, stated that his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year to develop the tourism industry in Jerusalem and the development of innovative attractions and ventures that connect the glorious historical past of our capital city’s eternal past to the future of Jerusalem… נווה פריצקי I would like to invite cyclists to take a relaxing and modern route that takes you through Old Jerusalem.

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

Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project was a crucial element in achieving the vision of altering the way of transport throughout Jerusalem. Elkin explained that the proposed tunnel connects with the Jerusalem Ring Path and will connect with existing bike paths. The tunnel will also be made paved in its various neighborhoods. It will also encourage cycling and promote green transportation in the capital.

נווה פריצקי In the 90s, the Kerem Tunnel was excavated to move the main sewer line from Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is now utilized as an infrastructure tunnel. It also houses the fifth water line which is operated to Jerusalem by the Mekorot water company.

נווה פריצקי “The Kerem tunnel is a crucial tool for achieving the dream of transforming Jerusalem’s transport system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
Road construction and installation, as well as blowers, advanced safety systems , and electrical wiring are all part of the ongoing work. The tunnel will be safe for people to use all season.

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