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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s newest bicycle tunnel, has been inaugurated as part of a 42-kilometer cycle route that runs through the capital.

נווה פריצקי The tunnel is a link between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entrance can be found within Refaim Park below Ein Laban. נווה פריצקי The northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem about half an hour away from the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially inaugurated by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister ZeevElkin. It was also attended by Mayor Moshelion Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company Chairman, as well as many cyclists. “In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive tourist city due to its glorious past. Elkin declared that, in the present, apart from its historic treasures, it also incorporates modern tourists. “The launch of the tunnel is an additional aspect of the growth of Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourist destination for everyone in Israel and around the world.

Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year to develop Jerusalem’s tourism in all its aspects and in the creation of innovative tourist attractions and ventures that link the glorious historical past of our capital city to the future of Jerusalem… I encourage you to take your bicycles along a stunning, well-maintained route that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

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

Elkin stated that the Kerem Tunnel project was a key tool in realizing the dream of altering the way of transport throughout Jerusalem. Elkin said that the new tunnel will connect to the Jerusalem Ring Path and will connect with existing bike trails. The tunnel will also be paved in its different areas. The tunnel will be a great way to help cyclists and promote green transport in Jerusalem.

The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in 1990 in order to transfer the main sewer of Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility.—United-States-09-18-6 This plant is west of Sorek and is used today as an infrastructure tunnel.

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

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
The current works include road construction, installation blowers, and advanced safety systems to ensure that the tunnel is safe for all to use during the entire year. The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to exclusive recreation areas like Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which has a Biblical aquarium and zoo as well as historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.