In 2010 the annual rainy season in Pakistan caused great devastation and damage to vital infrastructure. The Swat Valley in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province was badly affected, and a multi span concrete slab deck bridge over the River Swat near the town of Barikot was severely damaged, leaving only one short span in place. Due to the importance of the bridge as a key supply route, a rapid replacement was essential.
The United Arab Emirates, which funds many charitable causes, was approached with a view to funding a bridge replacement project managed by the engineering and construction branch of the Pakistan Army. Manpower was to be provided by the Pakistan Army Corps of Engineers and the finished structure was to be named ‘His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Bridge’, also known locally as ‘Gammon Bridge’.
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