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Residents demand funding for Jal al-Dib tunnel

Cars sit in traffic during works on the highway in Jal al-Dib, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Residents of the Metn town of Jal al-Dib held a protest Friday calling for funds to install a tunnel project to be approved, threatening to close down the highway if their demands were not met.

The protesters gathered in front of the Mar Abda Church in Jal al-Dib Square as Cabinet held a meeting in Baabda Palace Friday afternoon.

The Jal al-Dib bridge, built after the start of the Civil War in 1975, was dismantled in 2012 after many officials warned it was at severe risk of collapsing, despite the opinions of a number of engineers that the bridge was in sound condition.

The bridge was dismantled before alternative plans for it were proposed, compelling many of the town’s residents to hold weekly protests.

Though a tunnel project was given the green light from the Cabinet, no deadlines or funding methods were set.





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