This undated file picture shows motorists driving around the Jal al-Dib bridge, north of Beirut, ahead of its dismantling in Feb. 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Cabinet Thursday approved a plan to build a bridge in a northern Beirut suburb that has been choking with congestion and suffering economic losses since 2012 .Since then, many proposals for an alternative to the old Jal al-Dib bridge have been put forward to successive Cabinets, including modern bridges and a tunnel, all of which failed.The road has been cut off on different occasions by locals in protest over the heavy traffic on the highway caused by the absence of the bridge, while Jal al-Dib business owners have complained of huge losses as people avoid going into the town over the congestion.
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