Iran developing its transportation infrastructures
Iranian government is planning to develop its transportation infrastructures in three stages, the first of which has already started and consists of highways construction, said Iranian Minister of Road and Urban Development.
"There are currently 2,400 kilometer freeways in the country and 518 more kilometers of freeways will be constructed by 2021," said Mohammad Eslami, Trend reports citing IRNA.
"Isfahan freeway that is expected to start operating in the coming weeks, which would effectively reduce the traffic of the International North–South Transport Corridor at the center of the country and will improve transportation in southern and northern provinces of Iran," he added.
"So far country's freeways have been extended by 80 kilometers, 40 of which were added to Naein – Tabas road. In the near future, contractors are expected to commission new sections of the road," he said.
"Development of railway is the third part of the plan to improve country's transportation infrastructures. The country already has 14,000 kilometer-long railway tracks and 1,400 kilometer direct and 1,200 indirect railway tracks are to be added to the network by the end of next Iranian year (starts March 21, 2021)," he said.
"Ardebil, Kurdistan and East Azerbaijan would be linked to the railway network as part of development plan," he said.
"Total of 2 million tons of goods are being transported via country's roads per day. The flood in last Iranian year (started March 21, 2019) has damaged more than 12,000 kilometers of roads and more than 700 bridges in the country, about 8,000 kilometers of vital roads of the damaged ones were fixed in first three months of current Iranian year (started March 20,2020)," he said.