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041200ZSEP07 CJ3 JEC (SBU) TAJIK-AFGHAN BRIDGE OPENS IN STYLE: (Source: AMEMBASSY DUSHANBE 01255, 4 Sep 07)
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(SBU) TAJIK-AFGHAN BRIDGE OPENS IN STYLE: (Source: AMEMBASSY DUSHANBE 01255, 4 Sep 07) On August 26, after 19 months of construction led by the Afghan Engineering Division of the US Army Corps of Engineers, $37 million in US funding, 19,100 cubic meters of concrete, and countless demarches and interventions by the Embassy to secure building materials and licenses, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and US Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez officially opened the new bridge linking Nizhniy Pyanj, Tajikistan and Sher Khan Bander, Afghanistan. The 673 meter span across the Pyanj River is designed to handle 1,000 trucks a day and withstand the largest floods and strongest earthquakes known to occur in this seismically active region.