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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique ride and hiking experience that is to be enjoyed by everyone.
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s newest cycle tunnel, is inaugurated as part of a 42-kilometer cycle route that runs through the capital.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is located beneath Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance can be located in Nahal Ein Kerem.

נווה פריצקי The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially opened by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin. The ceremony was also attended by Mayor Moshelion, Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company Chairman, and thousands of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a very popular tourist destination because of its historical past. Elkin said that, nowadays as well as its rich history the tunnel construction project incorporates modern-day tourism. “The inauguration (of [this] tunnel project is another aspect of the development of Jerusalem as well as the transformation of Jerusalem into a popular tourist city for all sorts of visitors in Israel as well as around the globe.”

Elkin who’s ministry responsible for the project, along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry has invested thousands of shekels every year in Jerusalem’s tourist development as well as in creating new activities and ventures which will link the amazing historical past and the future of Jerusalem. I would like to invite cyclists to visit and enjoy a modern and well-maintained cycling route that overlooks the special nature of Old Jerusalem.”

Elkin’s Ministry Elkin’s Ministry, the Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation all contributed to the project. נווה פריצקי The Jerusalem Development Authority completed the work.

Elkin stated, “The Kerem Tunnel project is a key instrument for realizing our vision to change the notion of transportation in Jerusalem.” Elkin stated that the new tunnel will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path and will join existing bike routes. It will also be paved throughout its different neighborhoods. The tunnel will be a great way to help cyclists and promote green transportation in the capital. The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the late 90s to relocate an important sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently being used as an infrastructure tunnel that includes the fifth waterline to Jerusalem via the Mekorot water corporation.

“The Kerem Tunnel Project is an important tool in realizing the vision of transforming the concept of transportation across Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
Road construction, installation and testing of safety and electrical systems are just some of the ongoing works to ensure that the tunnel is secure throughout the year.

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