DVIDS – News – Bridge connects northeastern Nangarhar to rest of province

DVIDS – News – Bridge connects northeastern Nangarhar to rest of province.

After more than three years, workers completed construction of Afghanistan’s second largest bridge, Jan. 31, linking northeastern Nangarhar with the rest of the province.

The more than $6.5 million Lal’pur bridge, spanning 300 meters over the Kabul River, will shorten routes by as much as four hours, said Philip Muller, civil engineer from the Army Corps of Engineers embedded with the Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team.

Prior to the bridge, people had to rely on a hazardous and costly ferry, which was impossible to use during the flood season and claimed lives nearly each year, said Qamar Zaman, an Afghan engineer and Jalalabad native who works for the PRT.

Good job, guys, and you have my sincere admiration for building that without cranes, while having to carry your weapons with you, dealing with flooding for three months out of the year, and all the other headaches.