South Span of Iraq's Al Mat Bridge Reopens
As part of its contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bechtel subcontracted the Al Mat work to Al Qarya Company, an Iraqi construction firm. Al Qarya employed 40 field personnel at the peak of repairs, and worked under Bechtel supervision to complete the 6-month reconstruction project. The subcontractor demolished the unusable section of the bridge and reconstructed the downed span with precast prestressed beams and a composite bridge deck. Al Qarya purchased the prestressed beams from an Iraqi fabricator, Dijla Prestressing, in Baghdad. Al Qarya also repaired concrete columns and beams that were damaged during the conflict, and replaced or repaired all damaged handrails and lighting.
"Al Qarya did a great job and effectively met the reconstruction challenges the damaged bridge presented," said Ron Ramsay, Bechtel's project manager for Iraq bridges. "This was an especially rewarding project because it directly benefits the Iraqi people, and the work was performed by Iraqi firms."
Completion of the north span of the bridge is expected in March.
In support of the Coalition Provisional Authority's reconstruction effort in Iraq, Bechtel is under contract with USAID for the repair, rehabilitation, or reconstruction of vital elements of Iraq's infrastructure. This effort runs through 2005 and includes the repair and renovation of port facilities, power stations, telecommunications, water systems, rail, bridges, buildings, and airports.
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