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For Immediate Release
Nov. 19, 2011
Contact: Karla Marshall, (540) 722-6263
karla.k.marshall@usace.army.mil
 

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USACE completes Tarnak River Bridge Bypass


The Tarnak River bridge bypass, completed in November undergoes its first test as rainwater rushes over the bypass and into the downstream stilling basin. (USACE Photo)
The Tarnak River bridge bypass, completed in November undergoes its first test as rainwater rushes over the bypass and into the downstream stilling basin. (USACE Photo)

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Recent rains in the Kandahar area served as a test for the newly completed Tarnak River bridge bypass in mid-November.

The $915, 656 bypass was constructed using Commander’s Emergency Response Program funds, which allows commanders to respond to urgent humanitarian relief and reconstruction requirements that will benefit the local population.

“This is an important project,” said Keith Jones, the project engineer. “In the past, people detoured the bridge on the river bed. This bypass gives them a safer way to circumvent the bridge and will help maintain traffic flow along highway 4 during the rainy season or in the event the two-lane bridge is impassable.”

Although the bypass is substantially complete, the contractor, Afghan Builders Consortium, still has a few outstanding issues to resolve, like joint sealing and roadway marking. “The rains last week gave us a good opportunity to see how well the bypass will stand up to flood flow,” said Jones. “Now we know the project will function as envisioned and travel will not be interrupted.”

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USACE’s Afghanistan Engineer District-South provides design and construction services throughout southern Afghanistan to support the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan. The work is carried out in Regional Commands South, Southwest and West with the goal of achieving counterinsurgency effects and bolstering the Afghan Government’s services to its people.

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