Apr 19, Colombo: The extension of Southern Expressway from Matara to Hambanthota is scheduled to be vested with public by next August, a Road Development Authority official said.
Project Director, K. W. Kandambi has said that 85 percent of that section is completed by now when a team of observers from the national television toured the area to check the progress of the final stage of the project.
The 96-km extension from Matara to Hambantota consists of four main sections, namely, Section 1 of 30 km from Matara to Beliatta; Section 2 of 26 km from Beliatta to Wetiya; Section 3 of 15 km from Wetiya to Andarawewa, and Section 4 of 25 km from Hambantota to Mattala via Andarawewa.
The television team toured the 26-km second section from Beliatta to Wetiya. This section of the road include Kasawela and Agunakolapelessa interchanges.
The total cost of the project is Rs. 242 billion. Rs. 103.3 billion would be spent for the first stage of the project, while Rs.55.2 billion and Rs.31.5 billion would be spent for the second and third stages, respectively. The fourth and final stage of the project was estimated to cost Rs.52.2 billion.
All four sections of the 24.4 meter wide expressway are being built by Chinese companies, with China State Construction Engineering Corporation under the supervision of local engineers.
The new service sites are being constructed in the Beliatta area. In addition to that, utilizing the balance of the money, access roads to the interexchange centers are being completed, project director Kandambi said.