A project to set up a bridge in Wassit province has been referred for implementation, a local media director said, noting that the total cost of the project will exceed 25 billion Iraqi dinars (1 U.S. dollar = 1,118 Iraqi dinars).
“Today, the contracts department referred the project of Badra al-Kabir bridge (90 km east of Kut) for implementation,” Majed al-Itabi told Aswat al-Iraq.
Financed through the 2008 supplementary budget, the project will take 900 days to complete, the official noted.
A Shiite province, Wassit, 180 km south of Baghdad, is in the east of the country. Its name comes from the Arabic word meaning “middle,” as it lies along the Tigris about midway between Baghdad and Basra.
Its major cities include the capital, al-Kut, and al-Hayy. Prior to 1976 it was known as Kut Province.
(Voices of Iraq)