Engineers BridgeGaps on ’s Highway 1 Afghanistan
By Army 1st Lt. Tomas Rofkahr
Special to American Forces Press Service
Afghanistan, Aug. 27, 2008 – Members of the Australian Reconstruction Task Force and Task Force Castle’s 420th Engineer Brigade completed the emplacement of two Mabey Johnson bridges near Andar and Moqur in eastern . Afghanistan
Insurgent attacks during the summer left the bridges impassible, forcing Afghans and coalition forces to use single-lane bypasses.
Work progressed quickly once the Australian and American combat engineers arrived. The first bridge in Andar was erected in just over two days, and forces then moved on to Moqur, where they emplaced the second bridge.
Both bridges are on Highway 1, which connects
Kandaharin southern Afghanistanto the Afghan capital of . Highway 1 is a paved route originally built in the 1960s. The 300-mile stretch that includes the bridges was refurbished in 2002 and 2003 as part of President Bush’s Afghanistan Road Initiative. The U.S. Agency for International Development credits the work with reducing the transit time between Kabul Kandaharand by half.... Kabul
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