When the French construction company Eurec Paris was awarded a contract to install street lights on the southern highway between Damour and Jiyeh, workers discovered that the road lacked infrastructure facilities.
“If the highway had pipes installed under the road, it would have saved us and other companies the trouble of digging again,” one of the company’s supervising engineers, Hisham Mahmoud, said.
Mahmoud also claimed the highway lacked the essential layer of pebbles needed to withstand heavy trucks. “Rubble has been used instead,” he said.
Eurec Paris, contracted to light an 8km stretch of the road using 142 poles at 55m intervals, is due to complete its contract in eight months. Meanwhile, workers are using traffic cones to alert drivers of the construction work.
But the cones have not prevented cars from crashing into the mounds of rubble that have accumulated from the digging.
Last week, a Datsun car burst into flames after it hit one of the mounds. The passengers were rescued by passing drivers. “The highway is dangerous even without the works. I hope they finish soon,” one driver said.
Last year, the highway was closed until construction work was completed after several victims died from car accidents.