If I had any authority or power, I would demand that the person who designed this abomination and the guy who approved it be hung by the testicles.
If the goal of this bridge was to increase traffic, then I say “Job well done!”.
It’s not enough that the bridge in the middle of the highway right next to one of the busiest spots in Beirut and is causing disgusting amounts of traffic, the road right before City Mall is not asphalted! All the cars have to come to an almost complete stop about 50 meters before the bridge and slowly go down a 30 centimeter slope…
The project itself is incomplete. There is garbage everywhere under the bridge! Barrels, cement bags, wheelbarrows, mountains of waste, and my personal favorite: the homemade ladder leaning against the column.
I live exactly 12 kms away from my work and it takes me exactly 1 hour every morning to drive that distance
When you check out the renderings of the bridge and the surroundings (below), you can only but wonder the level of intoxication of the designer who came up with this engineering marvel. The only part that looks real is the traffic on top of the bridge. The rest is just pure fiction.
When has there ever been in the history of this country just 1 car on each side of the damn road??
Pictures of the rendered images from www.plus961.com
I have gone through all my swear words lexicon hundreds of times over the retarded person who designed this silly intersection. That bridge in the middle of the highway?! ANY IDIOT would know not to do that. And it doesn’t help that it’s *exactly* 2 lanes wide, so everyone who wants to take it has to slow down before hand or hit other cars, or that everyone drives on the left then at the last minute tries to take that bridge causing everyone behind them to brake to a halt.
And I didn’t see you mention the 2 lanes they put now, on the road from Galerie Khabbaz / Almaza to the highway. Some idiot thought 2 lanes were enough for the people coming from Jal El Dib, Sin El Fil,… to take the highway. UGH. The traffic on those 2 lanes is insane at around 10 am.
Any way, I am personally in the process of studying an equation of when is it worth it to take the tertiary road on the inside, instead of the highway. When I figure out that, I’ll be a happy happy girl.
The design is well done…the execution? like everything in Lebanon…it is not over yet!
Hung by the testicles lol
The worst part though in my opinion is how you have a road leading to a bridge in the middle of the highway!!!
I thought it was temporary but it’s been temporary for more than a year now …
yeah why is there a bridge in the middle of the highway?!?!
I cant believe what I’m seeing..is that a ladder? WOWWW
can’t the municipality just remove the left-overs?
Guys…the bridge exit ramp to sin-el0fil is not in the middle of the highway, it’s clearly on the 2 right lanes, there are four additional lanes on the left (aka the new highway) you are all thinking that it’s still like the old days, the right path that leads to City mall is only an access road now…
If everyone plans ahead, drive accordingly, and stops jumping into every gap that he sees ahead and maintains lane dicipline, the traffic at the Nahr el Mot section would decrease by at least 40%.
granted the paving and work that are still underway are making people slow down prematurely, but that problem will seize to exist when the project is indeed finalized.
by the way Chahe, don’t you think that stupid ladder is there for a reason, like painting the freaking walls? obviously they won’t leave it there when the final delivery is done. just look at how well the Antelias bridge was finally delivered. the Nahr El Mot project is being done by the same contractor so was Dora, this contractor is pretty good, and has a very highly qualified traffic management team in fact.
the problem with that intersection are the drivers not the design… not many know how to use it, the same applies for roundabouts, in other places where drivers are trained and disciplined,they solve traffic problems, here they create traffic. nothing works in this country because every halfwit thinks that he/she owns the road and is actually right where in fact he/she is wrong….
my tip for the Nahr el Mot approach; if you are heading to Dora, stay on the the three left lanes, and do not get tempted by the flowing traffic on the City mall access, crossing over would mean disrupting the 2 middle lanes that should go to the Sin El Fil overpass… if each driver maintains hi lane relative to his destination post Nahr El Mot, the traffic would flow easier even if it means being stuck in the left lane while the other lane goes faster…
the problem will move to Jal El Dib however, and it will only be solved if that project is completed to plan, but i hear the municipality has issues with it and they can’t take down any buildings in the vicinity as that would blow the budget…
if the above does not make sense to you, i suggest you get back to your disruptive lackadaisical Lebanese way…and burn your fuel in place…
Thing is, every time I pass by there, some worker is “scraping” the concrete barriers, like he’s chiseling a masterpiece marble statue. I try to look closer, he’s just putting tiny amounts of concrete in some invisible holes. He’s always there! They’re wasting time, they need to get organised and finish it, there’s not really much left to do.
Yeah Gilly, they seem to be taking their time with the finishing work… they work working super fast at the beginning, but once the main arteries were completed and opened to traffic they have been working with a skeleton crew…
When the government decided to build this bridge, it should’ve taken into consideration the driving habits of the Lebanese. This was not done in this case. Lebanese have a herd mentality while driving, they will never stick to one lane, instead they will try to overtake the car in front of them, thus creating a herd of cars.
Other options should’ve been considered, like maybe putting the bridge on the far left, or making it 3 lanes etc..
We all know that there are no driving laws in Lebanon. This morning I saw a cop talking on the phone and not wearing his seat belt.
As for the ladder, it’s been standing there since the beginning of the year. I’m not discussing its functionality, whether it is used for painting or filling holes with cement, I’m just saying that this is a typical Lebanese project where there’s all sorts of crap lying around even after 99% of the project has been completed.
BTW, did you get the chance to use the service road next to City Mall, or the on-ramp of the bridge? It is done to the lowest standards of excellence, just like every major project in Lebanon. If your hope is that the Jal El Dib project will be better than this one, I would advise you to lower your expectations as much as possible so as not to be disappointed. Check out the links below:
Lackadaisical, nice word, had never heard of it. I feel a bit smarter today. I’m gonna try to use it in a sentence when I get the chance 🙂
Your welcome Chahe… I remember i had to memorize a shit load of vocab during my SAT, so i try to use them as much as possible…
one thing, i am not in no way whatsoever backing up government action, but there are a few holes in your theory.
The only thing that brought me back to this shithole of a country is the hope that one day the people will realize that it is them, not their crooked politicians (no exceptions) that will make the difference.
You describe the Lebanese driving manners in a great way, herd, this is what it exactly is a herd of rats running about in the sewage, that’s how i see it.
however, your statement(the lowest standards of excellence) is one of the most beautiful oxymorons i have ever heard…kind of like Italian Craftsmanship; more like CRAPsmanship….
the finishing touches on Lebanese road projects, even if great and to world standard, will quickly fall odd the cliff because there is no maintenance…have you seen the vital guardrails at the Dbayeh stretch? these most possibly did save a life, but now bent out of shape, they are waiting to take one or a few.
I did drive the whole new system at N.E.M, and considering the real estate limitations they had, they pulled off a good design, but no engineer in the world would design a road, let alone a bridge, with lawlessness in consideration. i expect that young people like you Chahe understand that and adapt, keep to the lane, and the more people see that this is the norm, they will eventually get in line (it happened with red lights and it keeps getting better)… this live or let die mentality has got to change…but in the end, I’m leaving this country again soon, and for all i care they can replace the Cedar on the flag with a billboard or better yet a garbage bin, because this is what this country truly is all about…
Pretty sure the engineer who did those renders was on lsd or acid. Where did those grassy areas come from, and trees? lol
HAHA Patrick… I think those are default set ups in the rendering software, they don’t have the Lebanized green spaces code figured out just yet…it’s too complex
not to mention, that the city mall is located at the narrowest point (well, what used to be the narrowest point, until they added 4 extra lanes on the right) on the highway from tripoli to beirut.
no. you have very few commuters from the north to beirut. and over week ends, no one goes to the north to the beach or skking somewhere. everyone stays in beirut or perhaps they go get some fresh air in sin el fil…