Oct 28, Colombo: A record number of vehicles have traveled the new toll expressway that links the Katunayake Airport to the capital Colombo within hours of its opening to the public Sunday.
The Road Development Authority officials said over 8,000 vehicles traversed Sri Lanka's second Expressway within six hours after its opening to the public after 6 pm Sunday.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Sunday declared open the 26 kilometer Colombo-Katunayake Expressway (CKE) connecting the international airport to the capital.
The Authority has collected Rs 2.3 million from the vehicles that drove during the first six hours of its operations, local media reported.
The entry point to the CKE from Colombo is at the Kelaniya Bridge but the toll expressway begins at Peliyagoda interchange. From the Katunayake side, the toll way begins from the Ja-Ela interchange. The motorists are not issued tickets at the entry but will pay when they exit the toll road.
Authorities say the traffic on the Colombo-Negombo Road is likely to ease with the opening of the new Expressway.
The CKE is expected to facilitate high-speed passenger and freight movement and reduce the travel time to about 20 minutes between the two destinations.