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The Kerem Tunnel is a great spot to hike and ride.
As part of the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route, which surrounds the capital city, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.

The tunnel links Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. Its southern entry is located within Refaim Park under Ein Laban. The northern entrance, Nahal Ein Kerem, is just half a kilometer away from the Kerem junction.

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

Jerusalem’s glorious past was a reason for it to be the most visited tourist destination in the past. Elkin stated that, in addition to its historic treasures and modern amenities, tourism has also been included in the Jerusalem city. “The opening of this tunnel project is another part of the expansion of the city of Jerusalem as well as its development into a desirable tourist destination for all kinds of people in Israel and around the world.”

Elkin who, along with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, stated that his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year to develop Jerusalem’s tourism in all its aspects and also in the development of new tourist attractions and ventures that link the rich history of our eternal capital to its future… I would like to invite cyclists to come and enjoy the modern and well-maintained cycle route that offers a view of the unique landscape of Old Jerusalem.”

נווה פריצקי The project was funded by the Elkin’s department and the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The project was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

נווה פריצקי Elkin stressed that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is an essential tool for achieving the goal to redefine the idea of transport in Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel will be connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will connect with the various cycle paths already in the city. These will be paved in its diverse neighborhoods. The goal is to promote cycling among the residents of the city.

The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in 1990 in order to transfer the main sewer from Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. This plant is west of Sorek and is still used as an infrastructure tunnel.

“The Kerem tunnel is a crucial tool for achieving the goal of changing Jerusalem’s transportation system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
Construction of roads, installation, blowers, advanced safety systems and electrical wiring are all part and parcel of the ongoing works. The tunnel will be safe for the people to use all year. The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to exclusive recreation areas for instance Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which includes a Biblical aquarium and zoo as well as historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.