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The Kerem Tunnel is a great spot to hike and ride.
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel’s newest cycle tunnel, was inaugurated as part of a 42-kilometer cycle route that is a loop around the capital.
It connects Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entrance can be found in Refaim Park below Ein Laban. The northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem about half one kilometer from the Kerem junction.
On Thursday, Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin, Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov, Gihon chairman, and a slew of cyclists were present at a celebration to mark the opening of the tunnel’s 2.1-kilometer-long length.
Jerusalem was once well-known tourist destination due to its historical past. Elkin explained that nowadays, in addition to its historic treasures the tunnel project incorporates modern-day tourism. נווה פריצקי “The launch of the tunnel is a further step in the development of Jerusalem as an ideal tourism destination for all kinds of people in Israel as well as around the world.”
Elkin’s ministry, which responsible for the project along alongside Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry “invests hundreds and millions of shekels every year in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism, and also in the creation of exciting attractions and ventures which connect the glorious historic time of our capital city with the future.” I would like to invite cyclists to come and enjoy an up-to-date and well-maintained cycling route that offers a view of the unique scenery of Old Jerusalem.”
Elkin’s Ministry, Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25,000,000 for the project. The project was executed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.
Elkin explained that the Kerem Tunnel project is an crucial tool to realize the goal to change the way of thinking and transport throughout Jerusalem. “The new tunnel will be connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will be connected to the many cycling routes that exist within the city. The paths will be paved throughout the city’s various areas. The goal is to encourage cycling among residents of Jerusalem.
The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the 1990s to move the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant located in Sorek It is situated just west of the city. It is used today as an infrastructure tunnel. It also houses the fifth water line, which connects to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.
“The Kerem tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the dream of changing the way of transport in Jerusalem. ”
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
The works currently underway include road construction, installation of blowers as well as modern security and electrical systems in order to ensure that the tunnel is secure for people to walk through throughout the year.
The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to many places to relax, including Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium, and also historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.