The Iraqi ministry of planning has allocated 36 billion IQD (approximately US$ 30.3 million) to rehabilitate over 70 km of the Kirkuk-Baghdad highway, is known as the “Death Road”.
Acting governor of Kirkuk Rakan Saeed al-Jiburi in a statement on Monday, December 9, 2019 revealed details of the project which was discussed at a meeting brought him together with Iraqi minister of planning Nuri al-Dulaimi.
Al-Jiburi indicated that a budget of 36 billion IQD has been allocated for the project which will include the rehabilitation of 70 km of the road between Duz Khurmatu district and Odhem sub-district.
“We had requested the relevant departments to rehabilitate the Kirkuk-Baghdad road several times before,” the statement added.
The acting governor thanked the minister for the role he played to ensure the project is implemented.
The rehabilitation of what has been regarded as one of the country’s most dangerous roads is expected to reduce accidents and boost trade between the provinces.
Meanwhile, the local administration of Kirkuk allocated a special budget to rehabilitate over 18 km of the road connecting Kirkuk with Duz Khurmatu district.