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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.
The Kerem Tunnel is the first bike tunnel in Israel and was inaugurated as part the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle path that runs around the capital.
The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban, and the northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem, about half a kilometer close to the Kerem junction.
The 2.1-kilometer long tunnel was officially opened on Thursday by Jerusalem and heritage minister Ze’evElkin and Mayor Moshe Lion. Avi Baleshnikov of Gihon, chairman of Gihon as well as a multitude of cyclists were also present.
“In the past, Jerusalem was an attractive city for tourists due to its glorious past. Elkin said that the present tourism industry is one of Jerusalem’s treasures from the past and incorporates modern day tourism. “The opening of this tunnel project [is] another part in the development Jerusalem. It transforms Jerusalem into an attractive tourist place for every kind of person throughout Israel as well as around the world.”
Elkin is the project’s director. project together with Jerusalem Municipality said that his ministry invests millions of dollars in the development of Jerusalem’s tourism and the development of innovative activities and ventures that tie the glorious past of Jerusalem to the future. נווה פריצקי I invite cycling enthusiasts to come and enjoy a modern and well-maintained cycling route that offers a view of the unique nature of Old Jerusalem.”
Around NIS 25 million was put into in the project. It was budgeted by Elkin’s ministry The Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, with the work carried out by the Jerusalem Development Authority.
Elkin said the fact that “The Kerem Tunnel Project is a central tool to realize the goal to change the way we think about transport in Jerusalem.” “The new tunnel will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will connect with the various cycling routes that exist within the city. The paths will be paved within the diverse areas. נווה פריצקי 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 from the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant in Sorek The Sorek Tunnel is located just west of the city. It is used today as an infrastructure tunnel. It includes the fifth water line to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water company.
“The Kerem tunnel is a key tool to realize the vision to transform Jerusalem’s transportation system. ”
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee
The current works include road construction, installation blowers as well as advanced safety systems to ensure that the tunnel is safe for everyone to use throughout the year.
The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation spots such as the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo, aquarium and the as well as the historic natural springs in Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.
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