From the event

04 Mar 2008

PR# 2008-088

ISAF troops and Mayor
open bridge in Kandahar City

KABUL, Afghanistan – ISAF soldiers joined Ghulam Hadiar, Kandahar City Mayor, and Ahmad Shah Khan, Kandahar Provincial Government counsellor, to officially open the Saddaqat Bridge in Kandahar City, Sunday.

“This is a great day for the City of Kandahar,” said Captain Marc Comeau, Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) senior project manager, who was responsible for overseeing the project to build the bridge. “I am pleased to have been involved in the construction of this bridge which will improve the daily lives of approximately 33,000 people.”

The Saddaqat Bridge traverses a crucial irrigation canal and links the village of Saddaqat with the city of Kandahar. It now saves local citizens considerable time by reducing the distance travelled from their village into the city.

“The construction of this bridge brings much needed development to Kandahar City,” explained Capt. Comeau. “Previously, the residents had to travel five kilometres to go from their homes to local markets, schools and other commercial businesses. Now, we have a direct link easing the lives of the local population.”

The project took about three months to complete and employed 30 local craftsmen during its construction.

“It is rewarding to mentor local contractors, improving their capabilities and knowledge,” said Capt. Comeau. “Moreover, it is satisfying to see a project through from conception to completion.”

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