Aug 04, 2011 (LBO) – Metallurgical Corporation of China, a Chinese state-run building and engineering firm is to design and build a section of a highway around the capital Colombo that will connect three other expressways now under construction. The Colombo-Katunayake Expressway is to be completed by end of 2012 and the first two phases of the OCH is to be completed by end of 2013. The Cabinet of ministers had approved the signing of an agreement between Metallurgical Corporation of China and the state-run Road Development Authority for the road contract, a statement said.
The section of the road known as the Outer Circular Highway to be built by Metallurgical Corporation of China is between the suburbs of Kadawatha and Kerawalapitiya, north of Colombo covering 9.2 km.
The entire length of the Outer Circular Highway (OCH), which also goes onto Kottawa, a southern suburb, and is meant to divert traffic away from the capital, is 29.1 kilometres and will be built in three stages.
It will connect with expressways to the Katunayake international airport, Kandy in the central hills and the southern town of Galle.