Lebanese motorist s are forced to endure intolerable traffic on a near-daily basis. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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While seasonal bottlenecks are common in the world, Lebanon suffers from a chronic traffic problem that dates back to the 1990s, when the 15-Year Lebanese Civil War finally ended.In reality, Lebanon ranked 124th in terms of quality of roads among 138 countries, according to the 2016-17 Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum.According to the World Bank's "Roads and Employment Project" (2017), the total Lebanese road network constitutes of 21,705 km of roads. According to the same report, and while there is no accurate survey of road conditions as the last survey was conducted back in 2000, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport estimates that only 15 percent of roads in the main network are in good condition, while 50 percent are in fair condition and the remaining 35 percent are in poor condition ...The aggravating situation is not only related to the poor road network but also to the absence of a reliable public transportation system. As a result, road congestion is directly linked to the substantial dependency on private cars, which reached alarming levels across Lebanon. Estimates reveal that there are around 1.75 million registered vehicles in Lebanon, of which 85 percent are cars. Besides the development of an efficient public transportation system, improving the quality of roads is essential.
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