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One step toward a rebuilt Iraq

A contractor has reached a small, but important milestone in the effort to rebuild Iraq. San Francisco’s Bechtel Corp. recently paved a two-mile, four lane highway 185 miles west of Baghdad.

It is the first project completed under Bechtel's $680 million contract to repair Iraq's roads, waterworks and electrical lines. Bypassing a bridge nearly toppled in the war, the new pavement eliminates a bottleneck on the only highway connecting Baghdad and Jordan, a key conduit of aid that has become one of the most dangerous roads in the country.

The road was built mostly by Iraqis—who worked seven days a week in 110-degree heat.

Ted Balaker is Producer

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