Notice of highway closings

Notices from the Green Zone:

(As of April 18, 2004 /0900)

Effective immediately, various sections of highway will be closed to civilian travel until Iraqi engineers and Coalition forces can repair them. 
For your safety, watch for closure signs and do not drive on sections of the closed highway.
Route One will be closed starting from just south of Balad all the way to northern Baghdad.  From northern Baghdad, Expressway One traveling west through Abu Ghurayb is also closed.  Likewise Expressway One traveling southeast from Abu Ghurayb is closed all the way to Khayqan ash Sharqi.
Civilians that attempt to drive on these roads may be considered anti-Coalition forces and risk being subject to attack. If civilians drive on the closed section of the highways they may be engaged with deadly force.
These highways will be closed for an indefinite period of time for public use.  Safety and security of public travel is the primary reason for closing these sections of highways. 
Analysis of safety and security of the highways will be determined by the Iraqi police and Coalition forces.  As the situation changes, more information will follow.

[Emphasis added — Christopher]
Good thing I’m flying from Amman to Baghdad.