The Kerem Tunnel allows for a the most unique riding and hiking experience.
The Kerem Tunnel is the first cycle tunnel to be constructed in Israel and was opened as part the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital.
The tunnel connects the path between 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 mile from the Kerem junction.
Inauguration of the tunnel, which is 2.1 kilometers long took place in Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze’ev Elkin Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov (Gihon water company chairman of the company) and hundreds more cyclists.
Jerusalem's glorious past was a reason for it to be the most visited tourist destination during the time of its glory. Elkin stated that, today, apart from its rich history, Jerusalem is also a destination for modern-day tourists. "The inauguration (of [this] tunnel project is a further step in the expansion of Jerusalem as well as its transformation into a desirable tourist city for all sorts of people across Israel as well as across the globe."
Elkin who, along with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, stated that his ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year to develop all aspects of Jerusalem's tourism and in the creation of new attractions and ventures that connect the fascinating history of our eternal capital to the future of Jerusalem... I invite all cyclists to take a trip and enjoy the new, well-maintained and modern route which overlooks Old Jerusalem.
נווה פריצקי The project was funded by the Elkin's department and the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The work was done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.
"The Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool to realize the idea to transform the idea of transportation throughout Jerusalem," Elkin emphasized. "The new tunnel, which connects to the long Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing bike routes in the city as well as those that are paved throughout the city's neighborhoods in the hope of encouraging cycling among the city's residents as well as its visitors as well as promoting the green revolution of transportation in the capital city."
The Kerem Tunnel was first excavated in the late 1990s to relocate the main sewer line from the Gihon Corporation toward the purification plant in Sorek It is situated west of the city and is currently being used 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 to realize the dream of changing Jerusalem's transportation model. "
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
Present works include road construction, installation blowers and advanced security systems to ensure the tunnel is safe for all to use throughout the year.
The Kerem Tunnel allows for access to exclusive recreation areas such as Ein Kerem, a neighborhood that includes a biblical aquarium and zoo, as well as ancient natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.