Oct 28, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has opened a 25.8 kilometre toll-road to the main international airport which is expected to sharply cut travel time and reduce congestion on existing roads. Travel time to the airport in Katunayake, from Peliyagoda, just outside the capital Colombo is expected to be 20 minutes, down from about an hour on the old road, which could take longer in rush hours.
The Colombo-Katunayake Expressway is a 4-lane expressway with a design speed of 100 kilometres an hour.
Sri Lanka’s Road Development Agency says it had an estimated cost of 292 million US dollars but there were cost overruns.
The China Metallurgical Construction Corporation (MCC) was awarded a design-build-transfer contract for the road, which was financed mainly by the Exim Bank of China.
It has an interchange in Ja-Ela and a circular road around the capital which is still being built is expected to be connected to it, linking it with other expressways.
Users travelling on cars and vans with up to 9 passengers and small trucks are charged a fee of 300 rupees and 200 rupees for those entering or exiting from Ja-Ela.
Larger trucks and buses carrying up to 33 persons will have