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    The Kerem Tunnel is the first bike tunnel in Israel and was officially opened in the year 2000 as a part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle path that runs around the capital.

    It links Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entry point is located in Refaim Park below Ein Laban. The northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem about half a km from the Kerem junction.

    On Thursday, Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin and Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov, Gihon chairman, and hundreds of cyclists were present at a celebration to mark the opening of the tunnel’s 2.1-kilometer-long length.

    Jerusalem was a desirable tourist destination due to its glorious historical. Elkin said that the present tourist industry is a part of Jerusalem’s treasures from the past and is also a part of modern-day tourism. “The inauguration of tunnel is another aspect of the growth of the city of Jerusalem as well as its development into a dazzling tourist city for all types of audiences throughout Israel and around the world.”

    Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, stated that the ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year in the development of all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism and the development of innovative activities and ventures that connect the rich history of our eternal capital to its future… I invite cycling enthusiasts to come and enjoy an up-to-date and well-maintained cycling route that offers a view of the unique landscape of Old Jerusalem.”

    Elkin’s Ministry Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25 million for the project. Work was performed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

    Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project was a crucial element in achieving the vision of changing the concept for transportation in Jerusalem. “The new tunnel, which is connected to the long Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing bike routes in the city as well as the ones that will be laid throughout the city’s neighborhoods in the hope of encouraging cycling among its residents and its visitors, and also promoting the green revolution of transportation in Jerusalem.”

    In the 90s, the Kerem Tunnel was excavated to move the main sewer line of Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel. It 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 goal of transforming Jerusalem’s transport model. ”

    Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon

    Construction of roads, the installation and testing of electrical and safety systems are some of the ongoing efforts to ensure that the tunnel is secure throughout the year.

    The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to a variety of recreational sites, such as Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium, and also historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban. נווה פריצקי