Neve ParitzkiJerusalem opens Israel's first cycle tunnel.
In the 42-kilometer Jerusalem Ring Path cycling route that surrounds Jerusalem's capital, the Kerem Tunnel was inaugurated.
The tunnel links Nahal Refaim and Emek Motza. The tunnel's southern entrance is 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 in a ceremony on Thursday , attended by Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Ze'evElkin, Mayor Moshe Lion, Gihon water company chairman Avi Baleshnikov and hundreds of cyclists.
נווה פריצקי Jerusalem was a sought-after tourist destination because of its glorious past. Elkin stated that, today in addition to its historical treasures it is also home to modern-day travelers. "The launch of the tunnel project is a further part of the expansion of Jerusalem's city Jerusalem and its transformation into an attractive city that is attractive to all types of visitors throughout Israel and around the globe."
Elkin, whose ministry together with the Jerusalem Municipality spearheaded the project, explained that the ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year to develop the tourism industry in Jerusalem and in the creation of new activities and ventures that connect the fascinating history of our capital city's eternal past to its future... I encourage you to take your bicycles along a stunning and well-maintained road that overlooks Old Jerusalem.
Elkin's Ministry Elkin's Ministry Tourism Ministry, Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation all contributed to the project. The Jerusalem Development Authority completed the project.
Elkin stated the fact that "The Kerem Tunnel Project is an essential tool for achieving the goal to change the way we think about transport in Jerusalem." Elkin said that the new tunnel is connected to the Jerusalem Ring Path and will link with existing bike trails. It will also be made paved in its various areas. The tunnel will be a great way to increase cycling and encourage green transport in Jerusalem.
נווה פריצקי The Kerem Tunnel, originally excavated by the Gihon Corporation in the 1990s in order to move its main sewer line towards Sorek's purification plant.
"The Kerem tunnel is a vital tool in achieving the vision to transform Jerusalem's transportation system. "
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon
To make the tunnel usable to the general public throughout the year The works comprise road construction, as well as installing blowers.
The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation spots - including the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium, along with the historic natural springs in Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.