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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique adventure in hiking and riding which is enjoyed by all.
As part of the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route that runs around the capital city, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entrance is below Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem.

The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel project was officially inaugurated during a celebration on Thursday attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin, Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov, and a slew of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once very well-known tourist destination due to its historical past. Today, apart from its historic treasures, it also incorporates modern tourism,” Elkin said. “The launch of the tunnel project is a different aspect of the growth of Jerusalem. The tunnel transforms Jerusalem into an attractive tourist place for any kind of crowd within Israel as well as around the world.” Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, stated that the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the development of all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism and also in the development of exciting attractions and ventures that connect the glorious historical past of our capital city to its future… I invite cyclists to enjoy an attractive, well-maintained cycle route, which overlooks the stunning landscape of Old Jerusalem.

Elkin’s Ministerial, Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25 million for the project. Work was performed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stated that the Kerem Tunnel project is an crucial tool to realize the idea to transform the idea of transport throughout Jerusalem. נווה פריצקי “The new tunnel connecting to the Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing paths for bicycles and those that will paved in the neighborhoods. It is intended to encourage biking within the city’s residents and to promote the green transport revolution in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel, originally excavated by the Gihon Corporation in the 1990s in order to transfer its main sewer line towards the Sorek purification plant.

“The Kerem Tunnel project is the central instrument to achieve the goal of transforming Jerusalem’s transportation model. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
Construction of roads installation, blowers, modern safety systems , and electrical wiring are all part of the ongoing work. The tunnel will be safe for public to use throughout the year.

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