Highway Access

Dec 14, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has got Asian Development Bank aid to upgrade six access roads linking the newly opened southern expressway with the rest of the island’s road network, an ADB statement said. The ADB will give a loan of 85 million US dollars (about 9,347 million rupees) for the project to rehabilitate access roads to the Southern Expressway with the government providing 20.6 million dollars.

“These rehabilitation works are crucial to improve the connectivity of roads and to realize the full potential benefits from the southern expressway,” the ADB said.

“These selected six road sections usually experience high traffic volume. Therefore, the rehabilitation of these road sections will facilitate easier access to the new expressway while improving the transport efficiency of the national highways network.”

Rehabilitation work of the road sections will be carried out under the second phase of the ongoing National Highway Sector Project which commenced in 2007.

It aims rehabilitate 270 kilometers of national highways and improve the transport sector regulatory framework.

The six roads are Matara Akuressa, Hikkaduwa Baddegama, Horana Aguluwatota Aluthgama,