Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)Jerusalem is the site of the first tunnel f

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09 October 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a an experience that is unique in terms of hiking and riding.

נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel, Israel's first cycle tunnel, was inaugurated as part of the Jerusalem Ring Path. This 42-kilometer cycling route surrounds Jerusalem.

The tunnel is located along the Nahal Refaim-Emek Mostza route. Its southern entry is located in Refaim Park under Ein Laban. The northern entrance, Nahal Ein Kerem, is approximately half a mile away from 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 also attended.

Jerusalem was once a sought-after tourist destination due to its historic past. Elkin said that today in addition to its rich history, Jerusalem also incorporates modern tourists. "The launch of the tunnel is an additional aspect of the growth of Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourist destination for all types in Israel as well as around the world.

The ministry of Elkin, which also headed the project with Jerusalem Municipality, stated that his ministry "invests hundreds and millions of shekels every year in all aspects of Jerusalem’s tourism industry and is involved in developing new ventures and attractions which connect the glorious historic time of our capital city with the future." I would like to invite cyclists everywhere to visit and enjoy the modern, well-maintained route that takes in the view of Old Jerusalem.

The project was financed by the Elkin's Ministry and the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. The work was done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.

"The Kerem Tunnel project is the central instrument for achieving the goal to transform the idea of transportation in Jerusalem," Elkin said. "The tunnel is set to connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path. It will link to the numerous cycle paths already in the city. The paths will be paved throughout the city's diverse neighborhoods. The objective is to promote cycling among residents of Jerusalem.

The Kerem Tunnel was originally excavated in the year 1990 to relocate the main sewer from Gihon Corporation towards the Sorek purification facility. This plant is located west of Sorek and is currently used as an infrastructure tunnel.

"The Kerem Tunnel Project is essential to realize the goal to change the way transportation is thought of across Jerusalem. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León

The works currently underway include road construction, the installation of blowers, as well as advanced safety and electrical systems in order to ensure that the tunnel is secure for the public to pass through throughout the year.

The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation sites - including the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo, aquarium and the along with the historic natural springs of Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.