22 Jan 2007

PR# 2007-063

ISAF PRT helps open two new bridges in Bamyan

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – An opening ceremony for two recently completed bridges in Bamyan province was held on 15 January.

The Bamyan New Zealand-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) helped fund construction of the bridges, which are located at Tupchi, on the main road from Bamyan to the Shibar Pass, and at Sabzak, on the main road to Yakawlang district. The bridges were constructed by local Afghans.

The Tupchi bridge was funded by the U.S. Commanders Emergency Response Programme, or CERP. The Sabzak bridge was funded by the New Zealand Agency for International Development and is part of a three-bridge development project. The other two bridges are located at Kakarak and Dahane Sayghan.

Governor of Bamyan, Habiba Sarabi, and the PRT’s commander, Capt. Kevin Short, attended the opening ceremony.

Gov. Sarabi said construction of the bridges may seem like a small aspect of redevelopment in Bamyan, but good roads and access ensure that the province continues to move forward. The governor also stressed how construction allows local people to find employment and become more self-sufficient in supporting their families.

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