KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Jan. 21, 2012) -- Afghans now have an alternative to driving over the Arghistan River bridge in Kandahar province. On Dec. 31, 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South reached substantial completion on the $3.1 million bypass project, which was awarded in September 2010.

"This bypass ensures that traffic from Weesh-Chaman [a border crossing point with Pakistan] has a viable route to Kandahar City and points west," said Robert Greco, the project manager. "The project was funded with Commander's Emergency Response Program dollars and began Mar. 15, 2011."

ECC/ASCC Joint Venture, the construction contractor, expected to complete the project sooner. However, abnormally heavy rains in September and November 2011 delayed completion.