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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding.
As part of the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route, which surrounds the capital, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated. The tunnel links the paths between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entrance is located in Refaim Park below Ein Laban. The northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem about half a km away from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was inaugurated by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin. It was also attended by Mayor Moshelion Avi Balehnikov, Gihon Water Company Chairman, and hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was a desirable tourist destination due to its glorious history. In the present, in addition to its historical treasures it also has modern tourism,” Elkin said. “The opening of this tunnel project [is] another part in the development Jerusalem. It transforms the city into an attractive destination for tourists of all types of audience throughout Israel as well as around the world.”

Elkin the minister whose ministry as well as the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, said that the Jerusalem Municipality’s ministry “invests hundreds to millions of shekels per year in the growth of all aspects Jerusalem’s tourists and in the development and operation of new attractions, ventures and attractions that connect the glorious history of our eternal city to its future”. I invite cyclists to enjoy the modern, well-maintained cycling route that overlooks the distinctive landscape of Old Jerusalem. Elkin’s Ministry and the Tourism Ministry budgeted the project.

Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project is an crucial tool to realize the goal to transform the idea of transportation throughout Jerusalem. “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 promote biking among its residents and promote the green movement 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 used as an infrastructure tunnel that includes the fifth waterline that runs to Jerusalem via the Mekorot water corporation.

“The Kerem tunnel project is essential to achieving the dream of transforming Jerusalem’s transport system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon

Road construction, installation, blowers, modern security systems and electrical wiring are all part and parcel of the ongoing work. The tunnel will be safe for public to use throughout the season.

The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation sites such as the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo, aquarium and the along with the historic natural springs in Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.