Kesrouan to get
19-kilometer stretch will
link Dbayeh to Okaibeh
The Cabinet approved the plans for a new highway linking villages and towns in coastal Kesrouan. The goal is to reduce traffic congestion.
The highway has a length of 19 kilometers. “It starts at Dbayeh and reaches Okaibeh passing through Jeita, Aintoura, Ain el Rihaneh, and Adma,” said Antoun Souaid, advisor to the President for Engineering Affairs.
The highway will include eight kilometers of tunnels and 5.4 kilometers of bridges and overpasses.
The methods of finance for the project have not been finalized. Souaid said: “We are considering an option of collecting toll through a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model.”
If the highway is executed through BOT, it would cost around $700 million, according to Souaid.
This highway is in addition to the ongoing expansion of the Nahr el Kalb to Tabarja highway.
The Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR) will now launch the studies required to carry out the project.
Reported by Yassmine Alieh
Date Posted: Dec 20, 2017