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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South completed a $3.1 million bypass project so Afghans have an alternative to driving over the Arghistan River bridge in Kandahar province.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South completed a $3.1 million bypass project so Afghans have an alternative to driving over the Arghistan River bridge in Kandahar province. (Photo by U.S. Army Coirps of Engineers)

Corps of Engineers completes river bypass for Afghans

Posted 1/23/2012

By Karla Marshall
Afghanistan Engineering District-South

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.