Kandahar–Herat Highway

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A small truck passing on Kandahar-Herat highway, with local Afghan villagers in it.

The Kandahar–Herat Highway is 557-kilometer (346 mi) road that links the cities of Kandahar and Herat in Afghanistan. This highway is part of a larger road network, the "Ring Road", and was first constructed by the Soviets in the 1960s.[1]

In October 2004 reconstruction of the highway began and was expected to be completed by the end of 2006. The United States is funding a 326 kilometers portion of the road, Saudi Arabia is funding a 115 km section and Japan is contributing to rebuilding 116 km.[2] The U.S. portion of the Kandahar-Herat highway has reduced travel time between those two major cities from 10 hours to 4.3 hours.[3]

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