USAID Afghanistan fact sheet: Phase I - Kabul-Kandahar highway
Benefits of the Kabul to Kandahar Highway
- The travel time from Kabul to Kandahar is reduced from two days to approximately five hours.
- Travel speeds on the Kabul to Kandahar highway have increased to an average 60 mph.
- The highway enhances access to health care for Afghans.
- Increased labor mobility will help Afghanistan's workers and employers.
- Greater diversity of products and services are available through increased inter-provincial trade. The local markets centers are more accessible to more people because of the highway.
- Farmers with wheat surpluses in the north now have access to wheat-deficient markets in the south.
- The highway links diverse regions of Afghanistan (the north with the south), fostering national unity.
Background on the Project
- In September 2002, USAID contracted with the Louis Berger Group, a leading American engineering and construction firm to manage the construction of the Kabul to Kandahar Highway.
- Louis Berger divided the highway into five subcontracts: one Afghan-American firm (Afghanistan Reconstruction Company), three Turkish firms (Mensel JV, Kolin JV and Gulsan-Cukurova JV) and an Indian firm (BSC/C&C).
- More than 1,060 mines and unexploded ordinance were removed by de-miners prior to construction which now allows safe pedestrian and horse drawn traffic to travel on the road shoulders.
- Completion of Phase I was accomplished in 11 months (January 2003 to December 2003).
- The total project cost to complete Phase I of the highway was approximately $190 million.
Phase II of the Project
- In the spring and summer of 2004, additional layers of asphalt will be laid, highway shoulders will be completed, and signage and road markings will be provided.
- Paving operations for the Kandahar to Heart highway, 566 km long (340 miles), are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2004.
Budget Phase I and Phase II
Cost (in millions)
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