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Old November 27th, 2010, 11:37 PM   #41
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Divided highway near Aley
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Old November 27th, 2010, 11:45 PM   #42
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You can see Greater Beirut in front of you
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Motorway at suburbs of Beirut
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Old November 27th, 2010, 11:51 PM   #43
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Road at mountains of Chouf District south of Beirut
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Old November 29th, 2010, 05:51 AM   #44
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Aren't there planning any beltway/ringroad projects in Lebanon? As I see on the photos, Beirut has serious traffic problems.

Also, underpasses on inner cities are not so effective. (As an example, 100. Yıl Bulvarı in Antalya become a dangerous speedway after building of 5 underpasses.)
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Old November 29th, 2010, 10:53 AM   #45
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I don't know about exact plans but I have seen from maps that there have been plans to build a motorway around Beirut connecting Saida's motorway with Tripoli's motorway. There seems to be even a reserved land for this motorway at least from Saida's motorway near airport's runway to Old Saida road.
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...43945&t=h&z=15

Currently there is a motorway connecting road to Damascus with motorway to Tripoli east of central Beirut - Emile Lahoud road. And it would be connected with Saida's motorway through Haret Hraik. They are building a junction to connect this road to Damascus road http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...,0.021973&z=16

There are also two more inner city ringroads closer to city center but these are not completed yet and have some major crossroads with traffic lights and so on.


In Saida there is a by-pass running through outskirts of town and connecting Beirut's motorway with Sur's motorway. They should build a motorway connection instead of this one day or at least multilevel crossroads instead of roundabouts on this road.


There is also no proper by-pass at Tripoli. From Beirut's motorway there is currently good road until the area between Tripoli and El Mina and from there you have to take a small road through port's area


Most of other smaller towns on the coast are passed-by coastal motorway which is taking away all the transit traffic. Only exception is Jounieh north of Beirut where the motorway is used also by local traffic and where major reconstruction works are needed to end the huge traffic jams through the city.
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Old November 29th, 2010, 11:09 AM   #46
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Most of traffic problems in Beirut are actually caused by inner city or commuter traffic. There is not so many traffic between southern coastal towns and northern coastal towns comparing with Beirut's own traffic. More than 50 % of Lebanon's population is living in Greater Beirut and some sources give that even 75 % of population is living in metropolitan area of Beirut.
So they need mostly better connections between different parts of Greater Beirut and between suburbs and city center and most of major road works are currently done according that.
Actually Beirut would need huge investments in public transport in the city and in the whole area to end the traffic problems. Currently the city with at least 2 million people have only shared taxis and minibuses for public transport and you can imagine that it's really not enough.
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Old November 29th, 2010, 01:51 PM   #47
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Motorway form Beirut to Saida (Sidon)

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The road starts from Downtown of Beirut and runs on elevated roads and tunnels to the south. It crosses southern suburbs as a nice and renovated motorway and passes by the airport.

My first pictures are from the section near the airport.
Motorway is running around the airport through cut in sections and tunnels
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Exit of Khaide after the airport
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Typical older section of motorway. Buildings are built just beside the motorway with parking places next to motorway
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Exit of Doha. Many sections of motorway are running just next to the sea on the right.
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Exit of Damour
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Old November 29th, 2010, 03:02 PM   #48
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North of Saida. Motorway ends after about 1 km and continues at the southern end of Saida.
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Old November 30th, 2010, 12:41 PM   #49
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Road from Sur (Tyre) to Saida (Sidon)

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The last stretch of coastal motorway to Sur is still under the construction. So you need to take an ordinary road to cross the bridge of Litani.
It's a typical section of the coastal road from south to north. Similar usually 2-lane road goes all the way until Syrian border but most of the transit traffic is using motorway where it's completed.
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There are lots of banana plantations at this part of Lebanon
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Beginning of motorway south of Aadloun
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Monument of Hezbollah rockets at the left
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It's getting darker fast. So the quality of photos is not the best.
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Old November 30th, 2010, 12:46 PM   #50
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Exit of Babilye
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Exit of Nabatiye. From here it's about 6 km to the end of motorway south of Saida but it's too dark to make any more photos.
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Old December 6th, 2010, 03:39 PM   #51
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Vatse, what is the southern most tip, that the highway is ready? Is the the exit towards Zrariye, or goes further south? Very nice photos
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Old December 6th, 2010, 04:14 PM   #52
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Thanks!
It's opened until the exit to Zrariye.
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Old December 7th, 2010, 02:44 PM   #53
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Motorway from Beirut to Byblos (Jbail)
It's the northern part of coastal motorway running from Beirut all the way to Tripoli (Trablous).

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Road starts as an elevated road (Charles Helou) from Downtown of Beirut and runs around port area. It continues as a typical old Lebanese urban motorway with uncontrolled access, houses built next to the road etc through eastern suburbs of Beirut.
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Recently there have been lots of renovations on this part of the road and proper junctions with main streets are built or under construction to ease the traffic.
New junction with Mirna Chalouhi street in Jdaide.
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Junction with motorway to Baabdat
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Old December 7th, 2010, 02:54 PM   #54
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Junction of Antelias
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Junction of Naqqache
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Junction of Dbayeh
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Old December 7th, 2010, 03:07 PM   #55
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Urban area of Greater Beirut ends just before the river of Nahr el Kalb thanks to the mountains reaching the sea.
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Tunnels before the river. South bound traffic is using new road bypassing the tunnels.
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Just after the river starts the urban area of Jounieh and it's suburbs.
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Exit of Zouq Mkayel
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Junction of Ajaltoun
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Old December 7th, 2010, 03:28 PM   #56
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Part of motorway through Jounieh is only 2x2 and really needs enlargement but it's near to impossible to do it as there are lots of houses and shops built just next to the motorway.
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Mountain of Harissa with church of Our Lady of Lebanon at the background.
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Old December 7th, 2010, 03:44 PM   #57
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Exit of Jounieh
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Motorway from the bridge
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You can see cable car to Harissa running across the motorway.
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Old December 7th, 2010, 09:32 PM   #58
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There was an accident on motorway
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Exit of Jbail (Byblos)
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Motorway continues all the way to Tripoli some 40 km away.
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Old December 8th, 2010, 01:29 AM   #59
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Fascinating and scenic. Thank you very much, Vatse!
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Old December 9th, 2010, 12:43 AM   #60
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Nice! But so many billboards...
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