Some 8,000 km of freeways under construction – Iranian deputy minister

Tehran, Iran, July 19

By A. Shirazi - Trend:

Currently, 7,800 kilometers of highways are under construction across the country, Iranian deputy minister of roads and urban development, Kheirollah Khademi, said.

“Sixteen road projects for the construction of 7,800 kilometers of freeways are underway across the country,” Khademi said on July 19, IRNA news agency reported.

He added that at least 5,000 heavy machinery and 15,000 workers are busy with the projects.

The sixth five-year development plan stipulates that the total length of Iran’s freeways should reach 7,500 kilometers by 2022, which marks the end of the plan.

Currently, there are 2,500 kilometers of freeways across the country, according to Iranian officials.

Between 800 and 1,000 kilometers of highways have been constructed across the country every year since 2013.

As many as 10,642 kilometers of roads have been built since 2013 when President Hassan Rouhani took office.

Khademi also noted that 3,400 kilometers of railways are under construction throughout Iran.

The official also announced that construction of 5,000 kilometers of railways is under study.

Iran’s Construction and Development of Transportation Infrastructures Company (CDTIC) managed to build 516 kilometers of railroads in the country during the past Iranian calendar year (ended on March 20), he added.

Khademi, who is also the managing director of CDTIC, has previously announced that 10 railway stations were inaugurated in the country during the past calendar year.

He put the cost of constructing those stations at over 350 billion rials (about $83.33 million).

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