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The Kerem Tunnel is a great place to ride and hike.
The Kerem Tunnel is the first cycle 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 Jerusalem, the capital city.
The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The tunnel’s southern entrance is located within Refaim Park below Ein Laban. While the northern entrance can be found in Nahal Ein Kerem about half a km from the Kerem junction.
The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was inaugurated on Thursday by Jerusalem and the heritage minister Ze’evElkin and Mayor Moshe Lion. jerusalem.mynet.co.il/good_to_know/article/hjnaame11i Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon the chairman of Gihon as well as a multitude of cyclists also attended.
Jerusalem was a desirable tourist destination because of its rich and fascinating history. Elkin declared that, in the present, apart from its historical treasures it also incorporates modern tourists. “The opening of the tunnel project is a different element of the progress of Jerusalem as well as its transformation into a desirable tourism destination for all throughout Israel and around the world.
Elkin his ministry, which together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, stated that his ministry “invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year in the improvement of Jerusalem’s tourism in all its aspects and in the creation of exciting activities and ventures that connect the glorious historical past of our eternal capital to the future of Jerusalem… http://www.israelhayom.co.il/mumlazim/article/13067733 I encourage cyclists to come and enjoy a modern and well-maintained cycling route that overlooks the special scenery of Old Jerusalem.”
A total of NIS 25 million was put into in the project. It was budgeted by the Elkin’s Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality as well as the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, and the work was carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.
“The Kerem Tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the goal to alter the notion of transportation throughout Jerusalem,” Elkin said. Elkin said that the new tunnel will connect to the Jerusalem Ring Path and will join existing bike paths. http://www.news1.co.il/ShowArticles.aspx?docId=459025&subjectId=42&ShowAll=True The tunnel will also be made paved in its different neighborhoods. This will encourage cycling and promote green transport in 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, which is located just west of the city. http://www.israelhayom.co.il/mumlazim/article/13057097 It is currently being used as an infrastructure tunnel that includes the fifth water line to Jerusalem of the Mekorot water company.
“The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool for achieving the goal of transforming Jerusalem’s transportation model. ”
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
The works currently underway include road construction, the installation of blowers and advanced safety and electrical systems to make the tunnel safe for people to walk through throughout the year.
נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel provides access to unique recreation locations, including Ein Kerem neighbourhood, the biblical aquarium and zoo , as well as the natural springs of historical significance Ein Haniyeh, Ein Laban, and Ein Haniyeh.
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