Cars sit in traffic in Tripoli, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Traffic woes caused by a string of delayed and canceled infrastructure projects on the highway between Beirut and Tripoli can strand commuters for hours in either direction, with waits of up to four hours not uncommon.However, many worry that when the Public Works and Transportation Ministry project to widen the highway commences, the jams will only worsen.The Mina bridge project, launched in 2009 to link Tripoli directly with the highway, is another example of setbacks that plague the northern city. Seven years in the making, the project continues to cause traffic delays due to rerouting traffic to facilitate its construction. The contracted company claimed that violent and armed protests against the project have hindered work, although a security plan was enforced two years ago which greatly reduced outbreaks of violence in the city. Tripoli MP Mohammad Kabbara expressed frustration at the project's delay.
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