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

It links Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. It has a southern entrance in Refaim Park. Ein Laban is the closest. Nahal Ein Kerem is the northern entrance. The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was opened on Thursday by Jerusalem and the heritage minister Ze’evElkin and Mayor Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon, chairman of Gihon as well as a multitude of cyclists also attended.

Jerusalem’s glorious past was a reason for it to be a popular tourist destination during the time of its glory. Nowadays, aside from its historical treasures, it also incorporates modern tourism,” Elkin said. “The launch of the tunnel project is a different part in the development Jerusalem. It transforms the city into an attractive tourist destination for any kind of crowd in Israel and around the world.”

נווה פריצקי Elkin, who heads the project along with Jerusalem Municipality said that his ministry invests millions of dollars in the city’s tourism growth and in the creation innovative tourist attractions and ventures that connect the glory historical past of Jerusalem to its future. I invite cyclists to enjoy the modern, well-maintained cycling route that overlooks the distinctive nature of 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 work.

Elkin stated that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is a central tool to realize the vision to transform the concept of transport in Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel will connect to the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will connect with the various cycling routes that exist within the city. They will be laid throughout the city’s numerous areas. The goal is to promote cycling among residents of Jerusalem.

In the 90s, in the 1990s, Kerem Tunnel was excavated to relocate the main sewer line of Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel and also houses the fifth water line to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

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

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
The current works include road construction, installation of blowers and advanced safety and electrical systems in order to ensure that the tunnel is secure for pedestrians to travel through throughout the year.

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