Coalition repairs, reopens Qayyarah Bridge that was damaged by truck bomb
A bridge in the northern Iraqi province of Ninevah that was damaged by a truck bomb was repaired by coalition forces and reopened to traffic within three days, U.S. military officials said.
The Qayyarah Bridge, a major link in the routes connecting Mosul in the north and Baghdad to the south, lost about 30 meters of its span in the Nov. 23 blast, according to a news release issued Monday by Multi-National Corps-Iraq.
The bridge, which is more than 400 meters long, spans the Tigris River. Repairs to the bridge began within 48 hours of the bombing and included work by both Iraqi and coalition force engineers.
The military did not say whether there were any injuries in the bombing.
The bridge has proven to be a popular target of insurgents. Just last month, Iraqi police seized a fuel truck packed with about 50,000 pounds of explosives that failed to detonate on the bridge, according to the Pentagon.