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The Kerem Tunnel is a great place to ride and hike. In the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route that surrounds Jerusalem’s capital, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.

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. The northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem about half an hour away from the Kerem junction.

Inauguration of the tunnel that is 2.1 kilometers long was held in Jerusalem and the Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshelion, Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman) and hundreds more cyclists.

נווה פריצקי Jerusalem was once very well-known tourist destination due to its historic past. Elkin stated that the present, in addition to its historic treasures the tunnel construction project encompasses modern day tourism. “The launch of the tunnel project is another aspect of the development Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourist destination for everyone across Israel and around the world. The ministry of Elkin, which also in charge of the project together in conjunction with Jerusalem Municipality, declared that his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism, and also in the creation of new ventures and attractions which connect the glorious historic past of our eternal capital and the future.” I would like to invite cyclists to join us and take a ride along the modern and well-maintained cycle route that overlooks the special scenery of Old Jerusalem.”

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

Elkin explained that the Kerem Tunnel project is an important tool in realizing the idea to alter the concept and transport in Jerusalem. “The tunnel, which connects with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing cycle routes in the city as well as the ones that will be paved within its diverse areas. It’s designed to encourage bicycling within the city’s residents and to promote an environmentally sustainable transportation system in Jerusalem.”

The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the early 1990s in order to shift the main sewer line from the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant located in Sorek It is situated west of the city and is currently being used as an infrastructure tunnel. It also includes the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

“The Kerem tunnel project is the central instrument for achieving the vision to change the way of transport in Jerusalem. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
The work currently in progress includes road construction, installation of blowers, as well as advanced electrical and safety systems, in order to ensure that the tunnel is secure for people to walk through throughout the year.

Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreation areas, for instance Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which includes a Biblical aquarium and zoo, as well as historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.