May 05, Colombo: Plans to open Sri Lanka’s Southern Express Highway for public are afoot and a discussion in this regard was held at the Temple Trees today (05th) under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Earlier the government indicated that the first stage of the 126 km Colombo-Matara Expressway from Pinnaduwa in Galle to Kottawa in Colombo district will be opened in July.
The Expressway will be a toll-road and only high speed vehicles will be allowed on the road. The expressway will have 11 entry and exit ramps.
The maximum speed on the expressway will be 100 Km per hour and the travel time between the two cities is expected to be reduced by two and a half hours from the current time of four hours.
Construction on the highway began in 2006 at a cost of $600 million. The Asian Development Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency are providing financial assistance for the express highway project.
Deputy Ministers of Ports and Highways, Nirmala Kothalawala and Rohita Abeygunawardana, Secretary to the Treasury Dr. P.B. Jayasundara, Chief of the Presidential Staff Gamini Senarath and relevant officials were present at the discussion.
(Photo by Sudath Silva)