File - Workers use concrete blocks to organize traffic, days ahead of dismantling the Jal al-Dib bridge, north of Beirut, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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With plans to construct a tunnel aimed at replacing the dismantled Jal al-Dib bridge at a grinding standstill, the town's municipality voiced its readiness to build a temporary bridge to offer a solution and soothe mounting tensions.The Council of Development and Reconstruction recently proposed a scheme, titled the "L project" which would provide an entrance to Jal al-Dib from the highway coming Jounieh, directing traffic right into the town's square.The municipality, however, rejected the plan, arguing that it would create heavy traffic inside the square without providing an exit toward Beirut from the town. The bridge was dismantled before alternative plans for it were proposed, compelling many of the town's residents to hold weekly protests.At the clothing shop Cute Kay's, Madonna Kaady and her son Fouad were busy with a client, perhaps the only one at the strip of stores by Jal al-Dib square.Like Timonian, Kaady said the bridge should be rebuilt, saying the one before had been stable and should not have been dismantled in the first place.Her store has been open for five years, she said, and business had been booming.
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