Sept 27, Colombo: A new expressway linking Sri Lanka's main international airport in Katunayake to Colombo will be ready to open in October, the Road Development Authority (RDA) said.
All construction and infrastructure works of the 26 kilometer Colombo-Katunayake Expressway have been completed and it is ready to be opened next month, according to the RDA.
The Authority said that only fixing of sign boards and planting of trees along the expressway are being carried out at present.
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.
When the expressway opened, the time to travel from Colombo to the Airport will be reduced to about 15 minutes from the current one hour.
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.
The Airport Expressway will be connected with the Outer Circular Highway (OCH) at Kerawalapitiya Interchange.
When completed the road network will provide fast and easy access to the country's north and south and will avoid traffic when reaching the capital Colombo.