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Iraq Road Map Essay

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A near total cessation of railroad activities after the 2003 US invasion, along with reliance on the road network to transport cargo, has further burdened the network. The total length of Iraq’s roads, excluding municipalities and those found in Baghdad, is about 49,000 kilometers. This comprises 2,084km of highways, 11,000km of arterial roads, 10,000km of rural roads, 11,000km of border roads and 15,200km of secondary roads". [2][8] (Figure.2-1) Fig.2-1: Iraq Roads Map
Source; Iraq Map - Road Map of Iraq, ezilon.com http://www.ezilon.com/maps/images/asia/Iraq-road-map.gif This is not enough, especially with respect to rural roads. In accordance with international standards, and require every 100 people in the km need 1 km of public
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Measuring the standard gauge line is runs to the north of Baghdad through Mosul to the Syrian border, and eventually, links with the Turkish railway system, and measuring the meter gauge line continued south from Baghdad to Basra. Because of these, both systems are not compatible. Since the 1960s and the cargo still moved by loading goods at Baghdad between all parts of the country. The former Soviet Union helped to expand the modular system to Basrah City southern Iraq, so, in 1977 almost 1129 km from 1589 km of Iraqi railways have already standard gauge. [5]
By 1985 the total length of railways lines had been extended to 2,029 kilometers, of which 1,496 kilometers was standard gauge. In 1985 the railroads were being traveled by 440 standard-gauge locomotives that moved 1.25 billion tons of freight per kilometer. A line of 252 km linking Kirkuk and Hadithah city was completed by contractors from the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in 1987 after five years of work. Built at a cost of 855 million US$, the line was designed to carry more than 1 million passengers and more than 3 million tons of freight annually. [6]
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This project would be the largest infrastructure project in Iraq over the last 30 years; Aims are to funded Iraqi and foreign countries, both public and private.
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