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The Kerem Tunnel, the first cycle tunnel in Israel, has been inaugurated in the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle route that circles the capital city.
The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. The tunnel's southern entrance is below Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem.
The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially opened by Jerusalem's Heritage Minister ZeevElkin. It was also attended by Mayor Moshelion Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company Chairman, as well as thousands of cyclists.
Jerusalem was once a popular tourist attraction due to its rich history. Elkin stated that, today, apart from its historic treasures, it is also a destination for modern-day tourists. "The inauguration [of] this tunnel is a further milestone in the advancement of Jerusalem as an ideal tourism destination for all kinds of people in Israel and all over the world."
Elkin is the project's director. project together with Jerusalem Municipality said that his ministry invests millions of dollars in Jerusalem's tourism development and also in the development of new activities and ventures that tie the glorious past of Jerusalem to its future. I would like to invite cyclists to join us and take a ride along a modern and well-maintained cycling route that takes in the unique landscape of Old Jerusalem."
About NIS 25 million were put into in the project, financed by the Elkin's Ministry, 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 the central instrument for achieving the goal to transform the idea of transportation across Jerusalem," Elkin stressed. "The tunnel, which will connect to the lengthy Jerusalem Ring Path, will join the existing bicycle routes in the city as well as those that are paved in the various neighborhoods with the aim of encouraging cycling among the city's residents as well as its visitors and promoting the green revolution in transportation in the capital city."
The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the 1990s to create the main sewer line of the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is now being utilized as an infrastructure tunnel which includes the fifth waterline to Jerusalem from the Mekorot water corporation.
נווה פריצקי "The Kerem tunnel project is essential to achieving the vision for changing Jerusalem's transportation system. "
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
To make the tunnel accessible to the general public throughout the year The works comprise road construction as well as the installing blowers.
Kerem Tunnel Kerem Tunnel allows for access to unique recreational areas, for instance Ein Kerem, a neighborhood which has a Biblical zoo and aquarium and also the ancient natural springs Ein Haniyeh and Ein Laban.