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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

  No. 1246-04
IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 3, 2004

Iraq Reconstruction Passes 1,000 Project Milestone

The Iraq Project and Contracting Office (PCO) with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that the U.S. government has surpassed the 1,000 construction start mark one month ahead of their year-end goal. The reconstruction team has delivered 1,051 construction starts to-date.

"We're thrilled to have achieved this goal in spite of insurgent activity," stated PCO Director Charles Hess. "At the same time, while it is an important mark, it's just a mark on the wall. There are going to be many more. As of today, we have 1,051 projects that have actually started construction, or "turned dirt." Our new goal is 1,200 by the end of the year."

The 1,051 projects include the renovation and new construction of schools, primary health care facilities, hospitals, water treatment projects, and police and fire stations in every province.

Reconstruction Projects Underway as of Dec. 2, 2004

schools

363

public health clinics

41

hospitals

14

railroad stations

58

border posts

88

port of entry

6

fire stations

20

police stations

17

military bases

16

water

67

electricity

58

oil

19

sewer

24

roads

66

other

194

total

1,051

"While the number is important, it is the impact of those projects that is most important" said Brig. Gen. Thomas Bostick, commander of the Gulf Region Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "The Iraqi people are seeing progress."

Both Hess and Bostick expect the pace of construction starts to continue to accelerate as more work gets underway. The level of disbursement has doubled since August, now standing at nearly $2 billion. Iraqi employment numbers have climbed to nearly 90,000.

Further information can be found on the PCO Web site at: http:// www.rebuilding-iraq.net

http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/2004/nr20041203-1772.html



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