Nov 24, Colombo: The government has decided to ban display of advertising hoardings along Sri Lanka’s first expressway for safety reasons.
Deputy Minister of Highways Nirmala Kothalawela said the government has taken this decision to prevent the drivers getting distracted from driving and causing accidents.
Fast driving at 100 kmph in structured lanes will be a new experience for Sri Lankan drivers and experts have urged training for the drivers and stricter controls on the expressway to prevent accidents.
Accordingly, the display of advertising hoardings has been banned in the vicinity of 500 meters from the expressway.
The expressway is to be opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on November 27.
The four-lane expressway from Kottawa in suburban Colombo to Galle is 95 km. long and consists of eight Entry points.
The government has spent Rs. 77 billion on the construction of the road.