Feb 18, Colombo: Road Development Authority (RDA) of Sri Lanka has considered constructing an underground road network in Sri Lanka's hill capital of Kandy as a measure to ease the traffic congestion in the second largest city in the country.
Deputy Director (Planning) of the Road Development Authority, Namalie Siyambalapitiya has said that the underground road network is aimed at helping motorists travelling through Kandy to other areas in the country to avoid the traffic in the city center.
She has explained that many motorists face difficulties in travelling through the Kandy City due to the massive traffic congestions within the city limits.
Siyambalapitiya has made this comment at Kandy District Coordinating Committee meeting recently.
According to the official, the decision to construct the underground road network was made following a study conducted by the Highways Department and the Peradeniya University.
Underground tunneling for by passing the through traffic has been proposed as a good traffic management solution in the congested city since the traffic management measures used in Colombo such as flyovers will not work in Kandy due to the road network characteristics and the aesthetics due to the historic importance of the city.
The underground network will help the through traffic movements to bypass the city.
The RDA's proposed underground network will cover the areas of Suduhumpola, Ampitiya, Galhindawatte and Thennekumbura areas in Kandy.