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Sat 22 May 2004 04:00 AM

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USAID announces the re-opening of Iraq’s Khazir Bridge after construction

USAID has announced the re-opening of the Khazir Bridge over the Greater Zab River between Mosul and Arbil in Iraq.

As part of the US government’s reconstruction efforts in Iraq and in cooperation with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced the re-opening of the Khazir Bridge over the Greater Zab River between Mosul and Arbil. The bridge is critical for the movement of fuel and agricultural products in northern Iraq.

The Khazir Bridge is the second of three key bridges to be completed as part of the US government’s rebuilding efforts in Iraq. USAID’s partner Bechtel, in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Works has implemented US $28 million in projects for the repair of Iraq’s bridges and railways.

A divided highway passes over the twin concrete structures of the Khazir Bridge, carrying two lanes of traffic in each direction. Extensive damage to the bridge made it a major safety hazard while substantial damage to the northern abutment and first span on both bridges had caused the spans to fail.

Workers conducted a survey for unexploded artillery before demolishing damaged sections and beginning construction work. The US military then installed a temporary bridge over the damaged span, and Bechtel and its Iraqi partner, 77 Construction Company, removed debris from the site, filled earth around the abutment piers, realigned the spans, reinforced pier piling foundations, replaced the concrete bridge deck and repaired hand rails and lighting.

The total cost of the project is around $3.2 million with the transportation networks acting as vital supports of commerce, culture, and infrastructure.

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