Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Services Program(IRP) written in English, Dari and Pashto
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General Management and Administration
Gardez-Khost Road
Advisor to the Secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Commission for Energy
Roads Operations and Maintenance / Capacity Building
Reactive Power Compensation for North East Power System (NEPS)
National Load Control Center
General Services - IRP Quick Response II
Kandahar Commercialization Advisory
Diesel Thermal Power Plant Operations and Maintenance
Bamyan-Dushi Road Design
Design and Construction of Regak Bridge in Oruzgan Province
Initial Construction of Bamyan-Dushi Road
Tarakhil Power Plant Operations and Maintenance
Reconstruction of the Keshim-Faizabad Road
Kajaki Dam Auxilliary Infrastructure and Supporting Services
General Services - Quick Response for IRP I
The Afghanistan Energy and Information Center
Road from Kajakai Dam to Ring Road
Ghazni to Gardez Road Design
Import of Power from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan
Strategic Provincial Roads in South and East Afghanistan
500/220 kV Substation for the North East Power System
Southern Strategy Road - Segment A
500 kV Transmission Line Design for North East Power System

Gardez-Khost Road
View of newly paved and marked stretch of the Gardez-Khost Road near Khost
Upon completion, the Gardez-Khost Road will provide a Western-standard road from Kabul into the heart of Khost Province near the Pakistan border.
Overview. The objective of this USAID-funded project is to build an all-weather paved asphalt road of approximately 101 kilometers beginning from the traffic circle in the city center of Gardez to the city of Khost. The project includes the replacement of one bridge, minor repairs to 18 bridges and 13 causeways, and the repair and reconstruction of hundreds of storm drains, irrigation culverts, cross drainage structures, low water crossings, stone masonry retaining walls, guard walls and culvert headwalls.

The condition of the Gardez-Khost Road at the project start-up was a combination of unimproved roadway and partially graveled or paved surfaces. Overloaded trucks and an under-designed road have contributed to extensive damage over many years of constant use, with frequent flooding by spring run-off and localized rainstorms often making the road impassable.

The road follows a river canyon and is characterized by high embankments overlooking the route. Various small settlements are found at intervals along this road.

Upon completion, this road will be a natural extension of the 122-kilometer Kabul to Gardez Road, completed under the USAID-funded Rehabilitation and Economic Facilities Services (REFS) program. The project will provide a Western-standard road from Kabul into the heart of Khost Province near the Pakistan border.

Current Activities:

IRP construction activities under this task order closed in November 2011.


Map: Gardez to Khost Road

Video: Reconstructing the Gardez-Khost Road: Challenge and Impact


Repairs to the Ghurki Khaley Bridge Made Just in Time

Emergency Repair Work at Gerdi Seri Keeps the Road Open

President Hamed Karzai and U.S. Ambassador William Wood Witness Contract Signing for Gardez-Khost Road Construction

IRP Conducts Bid Opening for Reconstruction of Gardez-Khost Road

Winter Maintenance along the Gardez-Khost Road Saves Lives and Supports Stability

Topographic Survey Generates Jobs for Afghans

Local Leaders Pledge Support for Construction of Gardez-Khost Road

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