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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience. The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s newest cycle tunnel, was constructed as a part of the 42-kilometer cycle route which runs through the capital.

The tunnel is located through the Nahal-Refaim-Emek-Motza route. Its southern entrance is in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban while the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem, about one kilometer away close to the Kerem junction.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially opened by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister ZeevElkin. The ceremony was also attended by Mayor Moshelion Avi Balehnikov, Gihon Water Company chairman, as well as thousands of cyclists.

Jerusalem was once a very sought-after tourist destination due to its historic past. נווה פריצקי Elkin said that, nowadays as well as its rich history the tunnel project incorporates modern-day tourism. “The opening (of [this] tunnel project is an additional part of the development of Jerusalem, and it’s transformation into a sought-after city to visit for all kinds of audiences in Israel as well as across the world.”

Elkin who, along with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year to develop all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism and also in the development of innovative activities and ventures that connect the rich history of our eternal capital to the future of Jerusalem… I would like to invite cyclists to ride along a a well-maintained, modern cycle route, which overlooks the stunning nature of Old Jerusalem.

The project was funded by the Elkin’s Ministry and the Tourism Ministry. נווה פריצקי It also included budgets for Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The work was completed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Elkin stressed, “The Kerem Tunnel project will be a central instrument in achieving our goal to change the notion of transportation in Jerusalem.” “The tunnel, which is being constructed to connect to the Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing bicycle paths and ones that are paved in its neighborhoods. It is intended to encourage cycling within the city’s residents and to promote the green movement in Jerusalem.”

In the 1990s, the Kerem Tunnel was excavated to transfer the main sewer line from Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel and houses the fifth water line which is operated to Jerusalem by the Mekorot water company.

“The Kerem tunnel is a vital tool in achieving the vision to transform Jerusalem’s transportation system. “

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
Construction of roads installation, blowers, advanced safety systems and electrical wiring are all part of the present work. The tunnel will be safe for public to use throughout the year.

נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel provides access to special recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the biblical aquarium and zoo , as also the historical natural springs Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban, and Ein Haniyeh.