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07 October 2022
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The Kerem Tunnel, Israel's first cycle tunnel, was inaugurated as part of Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycle route is located around Jerusalem.
The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is located below Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem.
The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel project was officially inaugurated during a celebration on Thursday , attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze'evElkin, Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov and hundreds of cyclists.
Jerusalem was once a popular tourist destination because of its historic past. Elkin stated that, in addition to its historic treasures and modern amenities, tourism has also been incorporated into the city of Jerusalem. "The opening of this tunnel is another aspect of the growth of Jerusalem's city Jerusalem as well as its development into an attractive tourist destination for all kinds of audiences in Israel and throughout the world."
Elkin his ministry, which together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, stated that the ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the improvement of the tourism industry in Jerusalem and in the creation of new activities and ventures that connect the rich history of our eternal capital to its future... I encourage you to take your bicycles along a beautiful maintained, well-maintained path that looks out over Old Jerusalem.
Elkin's Ministerial, Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and Gihon Corporation contributed approximately NIS 25 million to the project. נווה פריצקי Work was performed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.
Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool for achieving the vision to transform the idea of transportation throughout Jerusalem. Elkin stated that the new tunnel connects to the Jerusalem Ring Path and will join existing bike paths. The tunnel will also be made paved in its different neighborhoods. The tunnel will be a great way to increase cycling and encourage green transportation in the capital.
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. It is currently being used as an infrastructure tunnel. It also includes the fifth water line, which connects to Jerusalem of the Mekorot water company.
"The Kerem tunnel project is a central tool for realizing the vision to change the way of transport in Jerusalem. "
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
Road construction, installation and testing of electrical and safety systems are just a few of the ongoing efforts to make the tunnel safer for all seasons.
The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to many recreational sites, such as Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium, as well historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.