Neve ParitzkiJerusalem inaugurates Israel's first cycling tunnel.

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15 September 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel allows for a unique hiking and riding experience.

In the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route that surrounds Jerusalem's capital city, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.

The tunnel connects Nahal Refaim with Emek Motza. The tunnel's southern entry point is located within Refaim Park below Ein Laban. נווה פריצקי While the northern entrance is located in Nahal Ein Kerem about half one kilometer away from the Kerem junction.

נווה פריצקי The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially inaugurated by Jerusalem's Heritage Minister ZeevElkin. It was also attended by Mayor Moshelion, Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company Chairman, and hundreds of cyclists.

Jerusalem was a sought-after tourist destination due to its rich historical. Elkin added that in addition to its historic treasures, modern tourism is also integrated into Jerusalem's city. "The opening (of the tunnel) is another aspect of the expansion of Jerusalem as well as the transformation of Jerusalem into a popular city to visit for all kinds of people across Israel as well as across the globe."

Elkin the minister whose ministry as well as the Jerusalem Municipality led the project, said that the Jerusalem Municipality's ministry "invests hundreds to millions of shekels each year in the growth of all aspects Jerusalem's tourism and the creation and operation of new tourist attractions, ventures, and activities which connect the rich past of Jerusalem to its future". I encourage you to take your bicycles along a stunning and well-maintained road that overlooks Old Jerusalem.

Elkin's ministry and the Tourism Ministry budgeted the project.

Elkin stated, "The Kerem Tunnel project will be a central instrument for achieving our dream to change the concept transportation throughout Jerusalem." נווה פריצקי Elkin said that the new tunnel will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path and will connect with existing bike paths. It will also be paved in the various neighborhoods. The tunnel will be a great way to help cyclists and promote green transportation in the capital.

The Kerem Tunnel first was excavated in the late 90s to relocate a main sewer line for the Gihon Corporation towards Sorek. It is currently being used as an infrastructure tunnel which includes the fifth waterline that runs to Jerusalem via the Mekorot water corporation.

"The Kerem tunnel project is central to realizing the goal of changing Jerusalem's transportation system. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lee

The current work includes road construction, installation blowers, as well as advanced safety equipment to ensure the tunnel is safe for everyone to use all year.

נווה פריצקי It is also possible to use the Kerem Tunnel to enjoy unique recreation areas, such as Ein Kerem, the Biblical aquarium, zoo and Ein Kerem neighborhood.

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