Buildng Bridges in Afghanistan

Bridge inspection

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Bridge Inspection

United States Air Force Capt. Jon Polston and Air Force 1st Lt. Scott Adamson, engineers attached to Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team, inspect the underside of a bridge in Mehtar Lam, Laghman province, while traffic squeezes through the narrow pathway Sept. 7. The civil engineer team from the PRT traveled to the Jugi bridge in Mehtar Lam to asses the structural integrity following its recent completion, ensuring it will withstand the Afghan weather for years to come (Photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane).

The Mehtar Lam PRT is in the Regional Command -East sector of Afghanistan, not far from Kabul.  The road infrastructure in that area reminds me of the “you can’t get there from here” network in West Virginia… “reminds” may be too strong a word though.

3 thoughts on “Buildng Bridges in Afghanistan”

  1. How much driving have you done in WV Brad? I’ve done quite a bit and really liked the fall I spent a week driving from White Sulphurs springs through Pocohontas County and on up to the Spruce Knob/Seneca Rocks Rec area back in 2000.

    A sign I spotted in Pocohontas County tickled my funny bone,

    “Reelect everyone. Why corrupt some one new?”

    I was Morgan County Engineer in Ohio (an elected position) and I took that pic and gave a copy to each of the county Commissioners, two of whom were up for re-election themselves. They almost fell out of their chairs laughing.

  2. While in Kunar, our new First Sergeant (an Iraq vet and one of the best First Sergeants I’ve ever had) asked us before a mission one day where our alternate route was to the objective. We all just kind of stared at him without saying anything for a bit, until one of us just came out and said, “There isn’t one, Top.” He was not stoked about that revelation, but upon taking a good look at the map, realized that aside from a Chinook, we had just the one road to get where we wanted to go.

    The PRT before us also funded several bridges in the province, including one that had it’s eastern terminus into the side of a cliff. That aside, the bridges built were of fairly good quality compared to the existing infrastructure.

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