BEIRUT: Commuters from Jounieh to Beirut will be forced to put up with potentially even longer commutes until Saturday, thanks to repair works on a water pipe near the town of Antelias.
Hundreds of cars lined the road Thursday 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 toward Beirut? Well forget it, better stay home 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 the 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 return to the main highway.
The ISF asked people to cooperate with local police in directing traffic.
Officials at the Public Works Ministry could not be reached for comment. The Antelias Municipality declined to comment, saying it was not in charge of the repair works.
A banner informing commuters of the repair works could be seen on the nearby bridge.
The Jal al-Dib bridge was dismantled last year after various officials said it was at risk of collapsing, denying residents of the Metn town an entrance to and exit from the southbound side of the main coastal highway.