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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience. In the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route that runs around the capital, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. נווה פריצקי The tunnel’s southern entry point is located in Refaim Park below Ein Laban. While the northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem about half an hour from the Kerem junction.

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

Jerusalem was once well-known tourist destination due to its rich history. Elkin explained that nowadays along with its historic treasures the tunnel construction project encompasses modern day tourism. “The launch of the tunnel is another element of the development of Jerusalem. The tunnel transforms the city into an attractive tourist place for all types of audience in Israel, and worldwide.”

נווה פריצקי Elkin’s ministry, which also headed the project alongside Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism and in creating exciting attractions and ventures that link the amazing historical history of our capital city and its future.” I would like to invite cyclists to visit and enjoy an up-to-date and well-maintained cycling route that offers a view of the unique landscape of Old Jerusalem.”

The project was financed by the Elkin’s Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry. It also included the budgets for the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stressed that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is a central tool to realize the goal to transform the concept of transport throughout Jerusalem.” “The tunnel, which connects to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing bike pathways in the city, as well as the ones that will be laid throughout the city’s neighborhoods with the aim of encouraging cycling among the city’s residents as well as its visitors as well as encouraging the green revolution of transportation in the capital city.”

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 90s to move a main sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently being utilized as an infrastructure tunnel which also includes the fifth line of water that runs to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation.

“The Kerem tunnel is a vital tool in achieving the vision to transform Jerusalem’s transportation system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
Construction of roads installation, blowers, sophisticated security systems and electrical wiring are all part of the present works. The tunnel will be safe for people to use all entire year. Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which has a Biblical aquarium and zoo, and historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.