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09 October 2022

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The Kerem Tunnel, Israel's newest cycle tunnel, was inaugurated as part of a 42-kilometer cycle route that runs through the capital.

The tunnel runs through the Nahal-Refaim-Emek-Motza path. The tunnel's southern entrance is below Ein Laban in Refaim Park. The northern entrance can be located in Nahal Ein Kerem.

The 2.1-kilometer-long tunnel was officially opened by Jerusalem's Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin. The ceremony was also attended by Mayor Moshelion Avi Balehnikov Gihon Water Company chairman, and many cyclists.

Jerusalem was once very popular tourist destination because of its rich history. Today, apart from its historic treasures the city also offers modern tourism," Elkin said. "The inauguration[of] the tunnel project is another element of the progress of Jerusalem as well as its transformation to an attractive tourist destination for everyone in Israel as well as around the world.

Elkin, whose ministry was responsible for the project, along with Jerusalem Municipality stated that his ministry has invested hundreds of millions of shekels every year in the development of Jerusalem's tourism as well as in creating new ventures and attractions that connect the stunning historical past and the future of Jerusalem. I invite cyclists to enjoy a well-maintained, modern cycling route overlooking the unique scenery of Old Jerusalem.

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

Elkin explained that the Kerem Tunnel project is an crucial tool to realize the vision to change the way of thinking and transportation throughout Jerusalem. Elkin stated that the new tunnel connects to the Jerusalem Ring Path and will connect with existing bike routes. It will also be made paved in the various areas. This will help cyclists and promote green transport in Jerusalem.

The Kerem Tunnel, originally excavated by the Gihon Corporation in the 1990s in order to transfer its main sewer line towards the Sorek purification plant.

"The Kerem tunnel is a key tool to realize the goal of changing Jerusalem's transportation system. "

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon

Road construction, installation and testing of electrical and safety systems are some of the ongoing efforts to ensure the tunnel is safe for all year.

The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to many recreation sites, including Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium, as well as historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.

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