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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.
As part of the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route that runs around the capital, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.
The tunnel is a link between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban and its northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem, about one kilometer away close to the Kerem junction.
The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was inaugurated by Jerusalem’s Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin. The ceremony was also attended by Mayor Moshelion, Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company Chairman, and hundreds of cyclists.
Jerusalem was a desirable tourist destination because of its rich and fascinating history. Today, apart from its historical treasures, it also incorporates modern tourism,” Elkin said. “The launch of the tunnel project [is] another element of the development of Jerusalem. The tunnel makes Jerusalem an attractive destination for tourists of any kind of crowd throughout Israel as well as around the world.”
Elkin, whose ministry was spearheaded the project along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry had invested thousands of shekels annually in the development of Jerusalem’s tourism and also in the creation of new activities and ventures that connect the stunning historical past and future of Jerusalem. נווה פריצקי I encourage you to take your bicycles along a stunning maintained, well-maintained path that looks out over Old Jerusalem.
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 stressed, “The Kerem Tunnel project is a key instrument for achieving our dream to change the concept transportation throughout Jerusalem.” “The tunnel, which connects to the long Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing bike routes in the city as well as the ones that will be laid in its various neighborhoods, in the hope of encouraging cycling among its residents and its visitors and promoting the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.”
In the 90s In the 90s, in the 1990s, Kerem Tunnel was excavated to transfer the main sewer line of Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel. It is also home to the fifth water line which is operated to Jerusalem by the Mekorot water company.
“The Kerem tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the goal of changing the notion of transportation in Jerusalem. ”
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
In order to make the tunnel accessible to the public year-round, the works include road construction as well as the installing blowers.
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.