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The Kerem Tunnel is a great spot to hike and ride.
In the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route that surrounds Jerusalem’s capital, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated. The tunnel links Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entrance can be found in Refaim Park below Ein Laban. While the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem about half an hour away from the Kerem junction. The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel project was inaugurated at a formal ceremony 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’s glorious past was a reason why it was an extremely popular tourist spot in the past. Today, apart from its historic treasures it also has modern tourism.” Elkin said. “The launch of the tunnel project is another aspect of the development Jerusalem as well as its transformation into a desirable tourism destination for all in Israel and the world.

Elkin’s ministry, which responsible for the project along in conjunction with Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry “invests hundreds and millions of shekels each year throughout Jerusalem’s tourism, and also in the creation of exciting attractions and ventures which connect the glorious historic past of our eternal capital and the future.” I encourage you to take your bicycles on a scenic, well-maintained route that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

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

“The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the idea to transform the idea of transportation across Jerusalem,” Elkin stressed. “The new tunnel, which will connect to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing bike paths in the city and those that will be paved in the various neighborhoods to encourage cycling among its residents and its visitors, and also promoting the green revolution of transportation in the capital city.”

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the late 90s to relocate the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently being used as an infrastructure Tunnel which includes the fifth waterline to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation.

נווה פריצקי “The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool for achieving the goal of transforming Jerusalem’s transport model. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
The work currently in progress includes road construction, installation of blowers, as well as advanced security and electrical systems to ensure the tunnel is safe for people to walk through all year round.

There is also the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique places to relax, such as Ein Kerem, the Biblical zoo, aquarium and the Ein Kerem neighborhood.