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Total roads network in Iraq, including primary or secondary paved and un paved roads, and all other paved roads in the country was reported at 58 592 Km in 2018, according to the Iraq Ministry of Planning.

All paved road network is in good level of maintenance. Kurdistan Region road network accounts for 14.840 km. the roads and bridges in Mosul governorate are the most affected by the war, Iraqi Government started wear and tear of the roads.

 Two principal axes run East – West from Jordan border, through Anbar Governorate and reach Baghdad, and North – South from Turkey/Syria border to Basrah and the coast of the Persian Gulf.

New road network is under construction in Kurdistan region with an investment project from 2013 to 2020, and will cost $5.2 billion. New tunnel has been opened for public use between Zakho (Ibrahim Khalil) and Duhok Governorate which decreased the time by approx. 30 mins.  

In 2018, there were some 4,535,280 vehicles on the road.

In 2013, Ministry of Planning reported 9,725 traffic accidents causing 2,601 death casualties.

(Iraq Ministry of Planning Central Statistical Information on Transportation)


Road Distance Information

Average Distance and drive time matrix between KR-I major cities and Baghdad

From

To

KM

Drive Time at

30km/h

50km/h

90km/h

Baghdad

Dohuk

465

15h30

9h20

5h10

Erbil

350

11h40

7h00

3h50

Sulaimaniya

331

11h00

6h40

3h40

Mosul

369

12h20

7h20

4h10

Kirkuk

255

8h30

5h10

2h50

Syria Border

430

16h00

9h40

5h20

Erbil

Mosul

84

2h50

1h40

1h00

Dohuk Through Bardarash

160

5h20

3h10

1h50

Dohuk through Akre

224

7h30

4h20

2h30

Kirkuk

93

3h10

1h50

1h00

Sulaimaniya

202

6h40

4h00

2h10

Said Sadiq

35

1h10

0h40

0h20

Dohuk

Mosul

69

2h20

1h20

0h50

Erbil Through Bardarash

160

5h20

3h10

1h50

Erbil through Akre

224

7h30

4h20

2h30

Kirkuk

248

8h20

5h00

2h50

Sulaimaniya

355

11h50

7h10

4h00

Zakho

60

2h00

1h10

0h40

Amadiyah

70

2h20

1h120

0h05

Turkey Border

70

2h20

1h20

0h50

Sulaimaniya

Kirkuk

109

3h40

2h10

1h10

Erbil

202

6h40

4h00

2h10

Mosul

286

9h30

5h40

3h10

Dohuk

355

11h50

7h10

4h00

Raniya

135

5h30

3h20

1h50

Kalar

136

4h30

2h40

1h50

Said Sadiq

75

2h30

1h30

0h50

Iran Border

60

2h00

1h10

0h40


 Note: due to the new tunnel between Zakho and Duhok the distance and time has considerably reduced. 

 Please see this Road Distance Matrix for more information.

Road Security

The road security is affected by the ongoing conflict and unpredictable variations on accessibility occurs. In the Iraq Security Forces and Kurdish Security Forces controlled areas have various security checkpoints. UN Personnel traveling on roads between requires strict security clearance, and on most cases the armed escorts are acquired.

In disputed areas where security is not granted, only vehicles from the same governorate are allowed to circulate. Cargo with different provenance might need to be shifted from trucks with different plate number and re-loaded on locally registered trucks with local drivers. Cars with plates from different governorates are allowed to travel with strict security checks

Weighbridges and Axle Load Limits: 

Main road network and most secondary roads have no limitations for heavy truck and truck trailer circulation. On highways maximum trucks with 40mt truck load are only permitted to travel.