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The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique ride and hiking experience which is loved by everyone. The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s newest bicycle tunnel, has been opened as part a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital. It links Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban and its northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem, about one kilometer away close to the Kerem junction. On Thursday, Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin and Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov, Gihon chairman, and hundreds of cyclists attended a ceremony to inaugurate the tunnel’s 2.1-kilometer-long length.

Jerusalem was once a tourist attraction due to its rich past. Elkin added that in addition to its historical treasures and modern amenities, tourism has also been included in Jerusalem’s city. “The launch (of [this] tunnel project is a further step in the expansion of Jerusalem as well as the transformation of Jerusalem into a popular tourist city for all sorts of visitors in Israel as well as across the world.”

Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year to develop Jerusalem’s tourism in all its aspects and the development of exciting attractions and ventures that connect the rich history of our capital city to its future… I would like to invite cyclists everywhere to visit and enjoy the modern, well-maintained route which overlooks Old Jerusalem.

Elkin’s Ministry Elkin’s Ministry, the Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality, and the Gihon Corporation all contributed to the project. The Jerusalem Development Authority completed the project.

Elkin stated that the Kerem Tunnel project was a important tool to realize the dream of changing the concept for transport throughout Jerusalem. “The tunnel, which is being constructed to connect to Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing paths for bicycles and those that will paved in its areas. It is intended to encourage cycling within the city’s residents and to promote the green movement in the capital.”

In the 1990s in the 1990s, the Kerem Tunnel was excavated to move the main sewer line from Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. נווה פריצקי It is currently used for infrastructure purposes and houses the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

“The Kerem tunnel project is crucial to realize the goal of changing Jerusalem’s transport system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
The current works include road construction, installation blowers and advanced safety equipment to ensure the tunnel is secure to use throughout the year.

The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to special recreation areas which include the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium as well as the historic natural springs in Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.