Photo By Karla Marshall | Workers pour and form concrete for the Arghistan River bridge bypass in mid-November 2011. The completed bypass will make it possible for traffic to move from the border of Pakistan to Kandahar in the event the bridge is not passable.
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KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Afghans now have an alternative to driving over the Arghistan River bridge in Kandahar province. On Dec. 31, 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South reached substantial completion on the $3.1 million bypass project which was awarded in September 2010.
“This bypass ensures that traffic from Weesh-Chaman [a border crossing point with Pakistan] has a viable route to Kandahar City and points west,” said Robert Greco, the project manager. “The project was funded with Commander’s Emergency Response Program dollars and began Mar. 15, 2011.”
ECC/ASCC Joint Venture, the construction contractor, expected to complete the project sooner; however, abnormally heavy rains in September and November 2011 delayed completion.
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