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NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. James Elliot (left), Nangarhar Provisional Reconstruction Team civil engineer from Richburg, S.C.; Bret English (second from left), Army Corp of Engineers general engineer from Kansas City, Kan.; Gul Mohammad (center), Meraj Construction head engineer; and Jewell “JB” Bealmear (right), Army Corps of Engineers construction control representative from Cadiz, Ky., walk and examine the Lal Pur Bridge project Dec. 6. The Lal Pur Bridge will be the second largest bridge in Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Scottie T. McCord, Nangarhar Provisional Reconstruction Team public affairs)NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Members of the Nangarhar Provisional Reconstruction Team visited the Lal Pur Bridge Dec. 6 to assess construction progress.


The bridge is being built over the Kabul River to connect the Lal Pur Village to the northeastern areas of Nangarhar.

The Lal Pur Bridge, scheduled for completion June 2011 by the Meraj Construction Company, will be 11 meters wide, allowing for two large lanes of traffic, and 300 meters long.

The foundation for each of the bridge’s piers runs deep into the riverbed of the Kabul River. It is being constructed near Afghanistan’s main thoroughfare, Highway 1.
 
“This bridge has a very solid structure and foundation,” said Gul Mohmmand, Meraj Construction chief engineer. “I’m honored my company was chosen to construct it and be a part of Afghanistan history.”

“This is the biggest deal for the Lal Pur District ever,” said Lal Pur Subgovernor Hija Zuhaq. “It will be good for the economy, trade and commerce.”

Presently, there are very limited ways of crossing the river, said U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. James Elliott, Nangarhar PRT civil engineer from Richburg, S.C. There is a bridge located 50 km away, but it is a five-hour drive due to poor road conditions. There is also a ferry at the bridge’s location.

Both villages that border the Kabul River, Sarband on the east and Lal Pur on the west, are excited about the opportunities it will provide. Villagers on both sides expressed the same sentiment regarding the bridge; it is a dream come true.

The bridge will provide closer ties for the people of the Ghosta and Lal Pur districts to greater Nangarhar and Afghanistan as a whole, said Elliott.

There is no effective competition for the area separated by the Kabul River because of the large distances to markets, said Elliott. It will bring easy access to the northern agricultural plains between the Kabul and Kunar Rivers, allowing faster movement of agricultural products to the other side of the river and to the export route to Pakistan.

“The bridge which is costing an estimated $7 million will be the second largest in Afghanistan,” said Elliot. “Once completed, it will provide a permanent crossing for the Kama, Ghosta and Lal Pur districts, all of which are annually cut off during the high flood season.”

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Lal Pur Bridge is being constructed near Afghanistan’s main thoroughfare, Highway 1. It will connect the two provinces of Lal Pur and Muhmand Dara. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Scottie T. McCord, Nangarhar Provisional Reconstruction Team public affairs)NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Solberg, Nangarhar Provisional Reconstruction Team civil affairs from Shakopee, Minn., talks with Lal Pur Subgovernor Hija Zuhaq Dec. 6. This was the first meeting between officials from Lal Pur and Nangarhar PRT. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Scottie T. McCord, Nangarhar Provisional Reconstruction Team public affairs)NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. David Tyo, Nangarhar Provisional Reconstruction Team infantryman from Pepperell, Mass., patrols the west bank of the Lal Pur Bridge project Dec. 6. The bridge will provide a permanent connection to the north eastern areas. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Scottie T. McCord, Nangarhar Provisional Reconstruction Team public affairs)NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A ferry crosses the Kabul River Dec. 6. The residents of Kama, Ghosta and Lal Pur heavily use the ferry for transit; the Lal Pur Bridge will provide a permanent, safe avenue. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Scottie T. McCord, Nangarhar Provisional Reconstruction Team public affairs)

 

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