• Daley Bruhn posted an update 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    The Kerem Tunnel provides a unique riding experience and hiking experience that is to be enjoyed by everyone.

    The Kerem Tunnel, the first bicycle tunnel in Israel is now open as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycling route that surrounds Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city.

    The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. http://www.israelhayom.co.il/mumlazim/article/13057097 נווה פריצקי נווה פריצקי Its southern entrance is located beneath Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance is found in Nahal Ein Kerem.

    The opening ceremony of the tunnel, which is 2.1 kilometers long was held in Jerusalem and the Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin, Mayor Moshelion and Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman of the company) along with hundreds of cyclists.

    Jerusalem was once a tourist attraction because of its rich past. Elkin added that in addition to its historical treasures the modern tourist industry is included in the Jerusalem city. “The launch (of this tunnel project) is an additional part of the development of Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourist destination for all kinds of people in Israel as well as around the globe.”

    Elkin who, through his ministry and the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, stated that the Jerusalem Municipality’s ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year in the development all aspects Jerusalem’s visitors and in the creation and operation of innovative tourist attractions, ventures, and activities that connect the glorious history of Jerusalem to its future”. I encourage the cycling community to enjoy a safe and modern route that takes the cyclist through Old Jerusalem.

    Around NIS 25 million were put into in the project, budgeted by the Elkin’s Ministry, the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, as well as the work done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

    Elkin stressed the fact that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is the central instrument to achieve the goal to redefine the idea of transport throughout Jerusalem.” נווה פריצקי “The tunnel, which will connect to the long Jerusalem Ring Path, will join existing bike paths in the city and those that will be paved throughout the city’s neighborhoods to encourage cycling among the city’s residents as well as its visitors, and also promoting the green revolution of transportation in the capital city.”

    The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the late 1990s to relocate the main sewer line of 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. http://www.bhol.co.il/news/1439018 It also houses the fifth water line that connects to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.

    “The Kerem Tunnel project is a central tool to realize the dream of transforming Jerusalem’s transport model. ”

    Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon

    The works currently underway include road construction, installation of blowers and advanced security and electrical systems in order to ensure that the tunnel is secure for people to walk through all year round.

    It is also possible to use the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique recreation spots, including Ein Kerem, the Biblical aquarium, zoo and Ein Kerem neighborhood.