Oct 04, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will commission the new expressway linking Sri Lanka's main international airport in Katunayake to Colombo on October, 27.
Project Minister of Ports and Highways Nirmala Kothalawala said the 26-kilometer highway is the second expressway in the country.
The Minister said the new highway will cut down the travel time between the country's main airport and the capital significantly.
When the expressway is opened, the travel time from Colombo to the Airport will be reduced to about 15 minutes from the current one hour, he said.
The expressway will have three lanes each side from Colombo to Peliyagoda and two lanes each side from Peliyagoda to Katunayake. There will be three inter changes on this expressway. It will have one exit point at Ja-Ela and two entry points at the new Kelani Bridge in Peliyagoda and Katunayake
The Minister said a toll fee will be charged from commuters and amount will be decided shortly.
The authorities have allowed three days for the public to view the expressway before its October 27 grand opening,
The 25.8 kilometer-long expressway, built at a cost of US$ 291 million with a loan from China, is part of the highway network connecting the already functioning Southern Expressway, proposed Northern Expressway and the Colombo Outer Circular Highway that is under construction.