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The Kerem Tunnel is the first bicycle tunnel in Israel and was inaugurated as a part of the Jerusalem Ring Path, a 42-kilometer cycle path that runs around the capital.
The tunnel links the paths between Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban and its northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem, about one kilometer away close to the Kerem junction.
The 2.1-kilometers-long tunnel project was officially inaugurated at a formal ceremony 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 a desirable tourist destination because of its rich and fascinating past. Elkin explained that the present as well as its rich history the tunnel project encompasses modern day tourism. "The launch of the tunnel project is a different aspect of the growth of Jerusalem. It transforms Jerusalem into an attractive tourist destination for any kind of crowd throughout Israel, and worldwide."
Elkin's ministry, which was also in charge of the project together alongside Jerusalem Municipality, said that the ministry "invests hundreds and millions of shekels each year throughout Jerusalem's tourism, and also in the creation of new ventures and attractions that connect the magnificent historical past of our eternal capital and its future." נווה פריצקי I would like to invite cyclists everywhere to come and take a ride along the new, well-maintained and modern route that takes in the view of Old Jerusalem.
Around NIS 25 million was put into in the project. It was budgeted by the Elkin's Ministry The Tourism Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation and the Jerusalem Purification and Sewerage Works, as well as the work done by the Jerusalem Development Authority.
Elkin said that the Kerem Tunnel project is an essential tool for achieving the goal to change the way of thinking and transport in Jerusalem. "The new tunnel that connects to the Jerusalem Ring Path will join existing bicycle paths and those that will paved in the neighborhoods. The goal is to encourage biking within the city's residents and to promote the green revolution in transport in the capital."
The Kerem Tunnel, originally excavated by the Gihon Corporation in the 1990s to relocate the main sewer line toward the Sorek purification plant.
"The Kerem Tunnel project is a central tool to realize the goal of transforming Jerusalem's transport model. "
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lon
Construction of roads installation, blowers, advanced safety systems and electrical wiring are all part of the current work. The tunnel will be safe for public to use throughout the year.
The Kerem Tunnel gives you access to many places to relax, including Ein Kerem Neighborhood, the Biblical Zoo and Aquarium, as well as historic natural springs Ein Haniyeh or Ein Laban.
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