Neve Paritzki (נווה פריצקי)Jerusalem: Israel's First Cycling Tunnel opens
The Kerem Tunnel, Israel's newest cycle tunnel, is opened as part the 42-kilometer cycle route which runs through the capital.
It links Nahal Refaim to Emek Motza. Its southern entrance is located in Refaim Park, below Ein Laban, and the northern entrance is in Nahal Ein Kerem, about half a kilometer from the Kerem junction.
On Thursday, Jerusalem and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin, Mayor Moshelion, Avi Baleshnikov, Gihon chairman, and hundreds of cyclists were present at a celebration to inaugurate the tunnel's 2.1-kilometer-long length.
Jerusalem was once sought-after tourist destination due to its rich history. In the present, in addition to its historical treasures, it also incorporates modern tourism." Elkin said. "The launch of the tunnel project is a different aspect of the growth of Jerusalem and its transformation into a desirable tourist destination for everyone across Israel as well as around the world.
Elkin's ministry, which also in charge of the project together alongside Jerusalem Municipality, stated that his ministry "invests hundreds of millions of shekels each year throughout Jerusalem's tourism, and also in the creation of exciting attractions and ventures that connect the magnificent historical history of our capital city with its future." I would like to invite cyclists to ride along a an attractive, well-maintained cycling route that overlooks the distinctive scenery of Old Jerusalem.
The project was financed by the Elkin's Ministry as well as the Tourism Ministry. It also included budgets for Jerusalem Municipality and the Gihon Corporation. נווה פריצקי The project was completed by the Jerusalem Development Authority.
Elkin stressed that "The Kerem Tunnel Project is a central tool to realize the goal to change the way we think about transport throughout Jerusalem." "The tunnel, which will connect with the Jerusalem Ring Path, will connect the existing cycle routes within the city as well as those that will be paved within its diverse neighborhoods. It's designed to encourage cycling within its inhabitants, and to promote a green transportation revolution in Jerusalem."
In the 90s in the 1990s, in the 1990s, Kerem Tunnel was excavated to move the main sewer line of Gihon Corporation to the Sorek purification plant. It is now used for infrastructure purposes. It houses the fifth water line which is operated to Jerusalem by the Mekorot water company.
"The Kerem tunnel project is essential to achieving the goal of changing Jerusalem's transportation system. "
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe León
Construction of roads installation, blowers, modern security systems and electrical wiring are all part of the present construction. The tunnel will be safe for public to use throughout the season.
The Kerem Tunnel also allows access to unique recreation sites - including the Ein Kerem neighborhood, the biblical zoo and aquarium, as well as the historic natural springs of Ein Laban and Ein Haniyeh.