BEIRUT: Commuters from Jounieh to Beirut found themselves stranded for hours in a traffic jam caused by repair work on a water pipe near Antelias Thursday morning.
Hundreds of cars lined the road and drivers took to social media to complain about the traffic.
They posted photos of the traffic jam and the road works on Twitter, complaining about the work being carried out on weekdays during rush hour.
“Anyone going from Jounieh towards Beirut? Well forget it, stay home better or cancel your meetings,” said one Twitter user. Another user complained that it took her nearly two hours to get from Jounieh to Antelias.
The Internal Security Forces said in a statement that the Jal al-Dib – Antelias highway leading from Jounieh to Beirut would be partially blocked as a result of repairs which began at 2 p.m. Wednesday and will continue until Saturday.
Two lanes of the highway will be blocked, the ISF said, starting from Antelias Bridge to the location of the repair work. Drivers coming from Antelias can take an exit to the seaside road to Beirut until Zalka, where they can take another exit to the main highway.
The ISF asked citizens to cooperate with local police in directing traffic.
Officials at the Ministry of Public Works could not be reached for comment. The Antelias Municipality declined to comment, saying they were not in charge of the repairs.
The Jal al-Dib bridge was dismantled last year after engineers warned it was at risk of collapsing, denying residents of the Metn town an entrance from and exit to the southbound side of the main coastal highway.