Staff ReporterTuesday, September 11, 2012 - Islamabad—The United States will provide up to US 70 million dollars to support the reconstruction of the Peshawar- Torkham Highway. The project to be managed by the FATA Secretariat and monitored by the National Highway Authority (NHA) will be funded through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Under the project the current road’s outdated design that has sustained substantial wear will be redesigned and will feature improved specifications with widened roadbed, straightened sharp turns, and reduction of steep gradients.
The plans also include rebuilding bridges and culverts to make it an all-weather road. “For centuries, the Peshawar to Torkham route has served as the most famous trade path between Pakistan and Afghanistan,” USAID Mission Director Jock Conly said. “Reconstruction of the highway will not only boost trade between these countries but also improve their economies by serving as trade-gateway to the Central Asian states.” The 46-km Peshawar-Torkham road is part of Pakistan’s GT road - N-5 highway.