Iraq’s State Commission for Roads and Bridges (SCRB) is inviting consultants to submit expressions of interest by 9 August for a contract to develop a road asset management system and prepare a five-year road rehabilitation programme.

The scope of the work also includes carrying out the detailed design for a series of priority road rehabilitation works. It will also involve an assessment of the organisation, capacity and work processes of the SCRB, including a review of its performance over the past three years.

The development of a road asset management system will cover a network of 30,000 kilometres and will assess SCRB’s road maintenance and rehabilitation practices, establishing a road database, carrying out traffic counts and selecting an appropriate road maintenance strategy.

The five-year road rehabilitation programme will use the road asset management system, once complete.

Iraq’s Construction and Housing Ministry has already received a loan from the Washington-based World Bank that will be used to help finance the Emergency Road Rehabilitation programme.

The selected consultant is scheduled to start work in November.