Baghdad is planning to conclude the Baghdad-Hilla entrance project by the beginning of 2014, one of four projects designated for revamping the Iraqi capital's main highway entrances, an official source told Zawya.
"The Baghdad-Hilla project, is the among four other re-development projects, namely Baghdad-Mosul, Baghdad-Diyala, and Baghdad-Kut, is estimated at a cost of USD 66 million", said Mohamed al-Rabaie, Baghdad provincial council member.
"The project will include extending the Baghdad-Hilla highway by 30 kilometers, supplying road services, fencing and planting trees on both sides of the highways entrance to Baghdad, carried out by local firms. The Baghdad-Hilla revamp project commenced in November 2012 and is expected to complete within a year," said Al-Rabaie.
"Iraq is suffering from worn down entrances, unmaintained highways and rundown fences, which have also been exposed to acts of looting and vandalism during the invasion in 2003," said Dr. Dergham Mohamed, an economist from Economic Media Center.
"This is a key strategic project, which leaves a positive impact on citizens, not only due to the scenic visual outcome but also the improved roads will significantly help in reducing road accidents," said Mohamad.