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Repair work on Salang Tunnel launched

Repair work on Salang Tunnel launched

Jun 15, 2011 - 16:50

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Emergency repair work on the Russian-built Salang Tunnel, connecting Kabul with northern provinces, resumed on Wednesday, the USAIDinfo-icon said.

US Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry and Minister of Public Works Abdul Qudus Hamidi joined local officials at a ceremony marking the event.

Completed by the Soviets in 1962, the tunnel needs emergency repairs to prevent it becoming impassable for much of the year and hazardous for motorists.

The USAID-funded project will keep traffic flowing until complete rehabilitation of the tunnel is accomplished. The US agency worked closely with the Ministry of Public Works in the planning, designing and bidding processes.

With the ministry overseeing road closures and public notices and performing 1.2 km of asphalt paving inside the tunnel, the US agency will pave the remaining 1.4 km of the tunnel and the approach galleries.

Speaking on the occasion, Eikenberry said: "I am very pleased to join Minister Hamidi today to mark the resumption of repair work on the Salang Tunnel. This tunnel represents just one example that the American people are committed to working in partnership with the Afghan people to improve lives."

The Salang Tunnel is arguably the most important stretch of highway in the country, with about 7,000 vehicles passing daily through the Hindu Kushinfo-icon between northern Afghanistaninfo-icon and Kabul.


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