Oct 26, Colombo: Second stage of the Central Expressway from Meerigama to Kurunegala will be opened for traffic by March next year, the Road Development Authority (RDA) said.
The 37-kilometer section from Meerigama to Kurunegala is 85% complete, according to the RDA.
The Central Expressway, which commences from Kadawatha connecting to the Colombo Outer Circular Highway, extends to Kandy-Galagedara from one end and another to Dambulla.
The Central Expressway project has been implemented in four stages; from Kadawatha to Mirigama (37 km), Mirigama to Kurunegala (39.28 km), Pothuhera to Galagedara (32.5 km) and Kurunegala to Dambulla (60.3 km).
Most of the construction has been completed in the second phase from Mirigama to Kurunegala. Construction work of the second stages from Mirigama to Kurunegala commenced on January 16, 2017 by four local construction companies. The investment for this section is Rs. 160 billion. The special feature of this project is the utilization of loans from local banks as capital. Interchange centers with Automatic Charge Counters will be established at Mirigama, Nakalagamuwa, Dambokka and Kurunegala.
The second phase consists of 12 large bridges and 130 culverts. Along the four lane road, nearly 11 km of the road is built on concrete pillars. It has been designed taken into consideration of public ideas to be environmentally friendly and not to cause floods.
Once opened the time to travel the 39-kilometer section will take 20 minutes. The expressway is expected to improve accessibility between capital Colombo and Northern, North Central, Eastern and Central Provinces.
The Central Expressway is being constructed bypassing urban areas to minimize its environmental and social impact.
Construction work on the other three sections will be completed soon after the second stage is opened for traffic, the Road Development Authority (RDA) said.