Above Ground

Mar 08, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Road Development Authority is considering building an elevated highway to connect the capital’s city centre with two key suburban towns and reduce congestion, R W R Pemasiri, its director-general, said. “We can make it a toll road,” Pemasiri said. “We’re planning a feasibility study on the project soon to ease Colombo city congestion.”

The proposed elevated highway will be built over existing roads, so there will be no need for major land acquisition, Pemasiri told LBO.

The planned elevated highway will connect Baseline Road in Colombo with the High Level road at the Kirulapana junction, close to the city centre.

From Kirulapana, the elevated highway will be built to connect Kottawa, a southern suburban town, about 12 kilometres away.

Kottawa will have an interchange at Makumbura linked with the southern expressway being built to connect southern Sri Lanka as well as a planned ‘Outer Circular Highway’ encircling Colombo that will enable traffic to bypass the capital instead of going through it.

The elevated highway will also have a section of about 15 kilometres connecting Kirulapana to Kadawatha, a suburban town north of Colombo.

Kadawatha is also an interchange for the ‘