The Military Engineering Battalion of the Nineveh Operations Command has rehabilitated the al-Hurriya Floating Bridge, in cooperation with the Mosul Municipality.
The river Tigris runs through the hear of Mosul city, the capital of Nineveh Governorate and one of the main urban centres in northern Iraq. Bridges thus formed an important part of transport routes in the cities and they have been essential for the economic dynamism of Mosul. Bridges connecting the two sides of Mosul (generally known locally as the “right” [western] and “left [eastern] sides), were damaged or destroyed during ISIS rule of the city and the liberation battles.
This led to a breakdown in transport links between both sides, which meant that economic activity reduced greatly. One of the main bridges in Mosul, the Hurriya Bridge, out of the five that have been planned for reconstruction, has recently been rebuilt by the Military Engineering Battalion of the Nineveh Operations Command, in cooperation with the local Mosul Municipality.
The Hurriya Bridge was built in 1958 during the reign of King Faisal II and is the second bridge constructed to connect the two sides of Mosul. The eastern point of the bridge is located close to the Mosul Municipality building, and the western point represents the entrance to Al-Dubbat neighbourhood.
Thousands of people have returned to Mosul following the liberation of the devastated city from ISIS. The return of displaced people to the city and the lack of linkage between the two sides caused unprecedented congestion. The opening of the Hurriya Bridge will certainly ease the congestion of transportation in the city.
The other bridges of the city that were damaged are also planned for reconstruction and re-opening in the near future:
“Funds have been allocated for the fourth and fifth bridges from the Reconstruction Fund and work will start there in the near future to get rid of these problems once and for all”, said Hasan al-Lahibi, a representative from the Mosul Municipality.