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  • Koefoed Vazquez posted an update 4 months ago

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

    In the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route, which surrounds the capital, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.

    The tunnel connects the path between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban while the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem, about half a kilometer from the Kerem junction.

    The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel was officially opened at a formal ceremony on Thursday attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov and hundreds of cyclists.

    Jerusalem was once a tourist attraction because of its rich history. Elkin explained that the modern tourism industry is an integral part of Jerusalem’s treasures from the past and is also a part of modern-day tourism. “The inauguration of this tunnel project is a different aspect of the growth of Jerusalem. The tunnel makes Jerusalem an attractive tourist place for all types of audience in Israel as well as around the world.”

    Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, said his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the improvement of Jerusalem’s tourism in all its aspects and also in the development of innovative tourist attractions and ventures that link the glorious historical past of our capital city’s eternal past to its future… I invite cyclists to enjoy an attractive, well-maintained cycling route overlooking the unique landscape of Old Jerusalem.

    Elkin’s Ministry and the Tourism Ministry budgeted the project.

    Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project was a crucial element in achieving the goal of changing the concept for transportation in Jerusalem. “The tunnel, which will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing cycle paths within the city as well as the ones that are being constructed in its different neighborhood. The tunnel is intended to encourage cycling within its inhabitants, and also to encourage the green revolution in transportation in Jerusalem.”

    The Kerem Tunnel, originally excavated by the Gihon Corporation in the 1990s to relocate the main sewer line toward the Sorek purification plant.

    “The Kerem Tunnel Project is an important tool in realizing the vision of changing the transportation concept across Jerusalem. ”

    Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon

    The current works include road construction, installation blowers, as well as advanced safety equipment to ensure the tunnel is safe for all to use throughout the year.

    Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel provides access to exclusive recreation spots, including Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the biblical aquarium and zoo , as well the historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh. נווה פריצקי