Fast Travel

Dec 08, 2011 (LBO) – About 5,000 vehicles are using Sri Lanka’s first expressway, the southern expressway, each day on average, Ranjith Pemasiri, the chairman of the road development authority, said. Revenue earned on weekends is about three million rupees a day.

The southern expressway, which opened last month, cost about 70 billion rupees to build.

Pemasiri has said that about seven million rupees a month is needed for lighting of the expressway and other routine maintenance. Daily revenues from tolls charged from motorists using the southern expressway, linking the capital Colombo with the southern town of Galle, is around 1.5 million rupees, he told Vimasuma.com, our sister news website.

On weekends, the number of vehicles using the expressway, which enables speeds of up to 100 kilometres an hour and sharply cuts travel time, rises to 10,000 a day, he said.