HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Dec. 31, 2011) — Nahr-e Saraj district Chief of Police, Lt. Col. Talib Jan, Afghan Uniformed Police, cut a bright red ribbon during a Dec. 31 ceremony, officially opening Bayazo bridge.
The new bridge, constructed by joint Afghan and Coalition forces, measures 50 meters long and seven meters wide. It allows direct connection between Qereshk Town, and more densely populated Bayazo Village.
Construction was completed over a six-month period. Prior to the bridge’s opening, residents of Bayazo Village navigated across the wadi for approximately an extra five kilometers in order to reach Gereshk Town to visit relatives, go to market, or conduct business.
The bridge cuts travel time between the two areas to an easy trek.
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, commander, Regional Command (Southwest) attended the opening.