Mar 07, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to open the second phase of the Southern Expressway for public view for two weeks.
Accordingly the expressway extension from Pinnaduwa in Galle to Godagama in Matara will be opened for public for free entrance from Friday (March 08) midnight to midnight of March 10.
Various public activities including religious functions, cycle races, other sports activities and cultural events have been organized to be held on the expressway during this time.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will declare open the 35-km long extension of the Southern Expressway on March 15 at 3 p.m. local time.
The four-lane extension of Sri Lanka's first ever expressway was constructed at a cost of US$ 180 million with the funds from EXIM Bank of China.
Construction of the 75-kilometer segment from Matara- Godagama to Hambantota Harbor via Beliatta, Andarawewa, and Mattala will commence next month, the official said. The project is estimated to be completed in four years. .
The third phase of the Southern Expressway is from Matara to Hambanthota. The construction is to be started next month.