USAID works with Afghan Ministry of Public Works in clearing the Salang Tunnel
Located in the Hindu Kush mountains at an altitude of 11,100 feet, the Salang Tunnel links the main road between north and south Afghanistan. During fighting in 1998 between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance, the tunnel’s southern entrance and entire ventilation system were destroyed. Opening the tunnel was critical for the delivery of humanitarian assistance, economic development, and essential travel by Afghans. USAID provided funding to work with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Works in clearing the tunnel of rubble and land mines. To insure continued operation of the Salang Tunnel, USAID provided $1.6 million for snow clearance, emergency repairs, and traffic control management.