File - This undated picture shows motorists driving around the Jal al-Dib bridge, north of Beirut, ahead of its dismantling. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Work to replace the vital Jal al-Dib bridge – dismantled in 2012 – has made little progress, despite multiple suggestions and proposed plans, leaving residents and commuters stuck in dire traffic. Local residents and commuters have been living with long tailbacks for over four years now, and expect the government to take action to put an end to this living nightmare. For those who live and work in Jal al-Dib and have to take the highway on a daily basis, leaving and entering the area has been a job in itself.Rachid Karam, an architect whose offices are in Jal al-Dib, has to take the highway every day from Beirut to get to work. Before the dismantling of the bridge, cars coming from Jounieh toward Beirut could access the area's entrance by going under the bridge, whereas now, they have to drive to the Nahr al-Mot junction and drive back north on the highway.Over the past four years, many different projects have been suggested to reconstruct the bridge, but no concrete changes have been seen.
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