OEF Update, Dec. 10, 2009: Rebuilt Bridge Nears Completion in Nangahar
Dispatches from the Front:
KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 10, 2009 -- The reconstruction of a bridge destroyed in August is nearing completion due to the combined efforts of local government agencies, contractors and ISAF servicemembers.
Efforts to rebuild the Saracha Bridge along Highway 7 in Nangahar province began immediately after flash floods destroyed it and cut off all traffic from Torkham Gate to Jalalabad Aug. 31.
Rebuilding the bridge has been a good opportunity for local government and ISAF to come together to solve a problem, said Army Maj. Gerald S. Law, an engineer for TF Mountain Warrior and 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
"This bridge represents a combined effort and shows what we can accomplish together," said Major Law.
Within days, a complete reconstruction of the bridge began with Afghan contractors building dirt bypasses for vehicles. The Task Force Mountain Warrior's 1613th Engineer Company helped the contractors by completing the demolition of the former bridge and moving concrete footers and piers in place. The Task Force's 502nd Multi-Role Bridge Company positioned towers and constructed a temporary military bridge and launched it across the 142-meter gap.
"Everyone did a great job," said Major Law. "We expect the bridge to be open in late December."
Afghan National Army soldiers and Afghan National Police provided on-site traffic control and security.
There were no ISAF fatalities in the last 24 hours in Afghanistan.
(Compiled from NATO International Security Assistance Force news releases.)