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* President opens Veyangoda flyover
Fri, Jan 17, 2014, 01:49 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 16, Veyangoda: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today declared open a flyover constructed in Veyangoda to bypass a railway crossing at a major intersection on the main highway.

Veyangoda, 21 miles north of Colombo is a major town in the Gampaha District and a major intersection point for the main railway lines to the upcountry as well as to the Northern and Eastern Provinces.

Authorities say the railway crossing has to be closed between 100 and 120 times a day for train movements causing severe traffic congestion and the flyover will help to overcome the traffic congestion caused by the movement of trains throughout the day.

The 255 meter long flyover is 10.5 meters wide and has two lanes on either side for pedestrians. The flyover was built at a cost of Rs 1.87 billion with a loan from a Spanish bank.

(Photos by Chandana Perera)

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