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Expressway No. 1

The Iraqi Expressway No. 1 is one of the most attractive roads structures built in the world.


  • Employer: Ministry for Public Works, Iraq
  • Location: Iraq
  • Total cost of project: N/A
  • Years of construction: 1979 - 1983
  • Category: Transport
  • Status: Finished
  • Area: Unknown
  • Contractor: Unioninzenjering

Detail design:
Dorch Consult - Consulting Engineers, Munich, Germany

Sub-contractor:
Planum, Novi autoput, Mostogradnja

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Super modern road 1,200 km long connects Kuwait and southern regions of Iraq with the capital Baghdad, with western regions of Iraq i.e. with Jordan and Syria.

§ The expressway is divided in 10 sections that were built by well known construction building companies from different parts of the world.

§ The first section, Baghdad West-Hilla, 101.5 km long was built by three Serbian companies within the business association "Unioninzenjering". The expressway was built under the most rigorous technical conditions, in order to ensure a comfortable and safe drive at maximum speed of 150 km/h and maximum axle load of 16.3 tons.

§ The length of the expressway is 106 km with six carriageways. The following was built: 15,400,000 m3 embankment, 200,000 m3 concrete layer, 11,000,000 m2 asphalt and asphalt gravel, 240,000 m fencing, 765,000 road and direction signs, 307,000 m safety signs, 29 km of guardrails, 604 pieces concrete culverts.

§ GP "Mostogradnja", within business association "Unioninzenjering", built all the bridge structures on the sections 4A and 4B of the expressway No. 1 in Iraq. On both sections of the highway with big 100 ps Baghdad-Northe and Baghdad-South and a slip road to the town of Hilla, there were built 13 structures in the road bed, 29 flyovers and 4 special structures in the loops, of the total area of 74,300 m2.

§ There is a special visual characteristical impression of the big flyover in the loop Baghdad-South, which in the total length of 686 m with the horizontal circular arc of 300 m branches above the local and international highway, and thus it has been shown as the symbol of this highway in numerous designs. In the entire length the road is without expansion joints and it was built by the method "field to field", with the aid of two stable, portable scaffolds.


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