July 19, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka will engage SMEC International (Pty) Ltd, an Australia based consultancy develop an expressway project from the capital Colombo to the central part of the island, to bring in private investment, a minister said. The rest of the Northern Expressway involves connects to Jaffna. A connection is also expected to Trincomalee, where a port related industrial zone is planned.
SMEC International will be contracted to conduct a feasibility study, an environmental impact assessment and prepare documents for requests for proposals from investors, cabinet spokesman minister Keheliya Rambukwelle said.
SMEC International is also the consultants to the Colombo – Katunayaka Expressway which is now under construction.
Phase one of the so-called Northern Expressway project from Colombo to Jaffna runs from just north of the capital to near Kandy in the Central Province via Kurunegala in the North Western province.
The first part of the Northern Expressway runs from Enderamulla, branching off from Colombo’s outer circular highway and ends at Mirigama 42.5 kilometers later.
From Mirigama a 35 kilometer stretch of the expressway passes through Pothupitiya to Pellandeniya about 5 kilometers away from Kurunegal