Highway Travel

Jan 06, 2011 (LBO) – An expressway linking the Sri Lankan capital Colombo to the south is nearing completion with one section expected to be open to the public by June this year, a statement said. Work on roads near three cricket World Cup venues is also being expedited to cater to the large numbers of local and foreign fans expected for the event, the statement from the President’s media unit.

It said 80 percent of work on the Colombo – Matara expressway is over.

The expressway is 126 kilometres long and stretches from Makumbura in Kottawa, a southern suburb of Colombo, to Godagama in the southern province.

The first phase of the road, from Makumbura to Pinnaduwa, near the southern town of Galle, is expected to be open to the public by June this year, the statement quoted RDA officials as telling President Mahinda Rajapaksa during a meeting.

The expressway will have 11 entry and exit ramps.

The expressway at Makumbura connects to a ring road called Outer Circular Road being built around Colombo to divert traffic and ease congestion in the capital.

The statement also said 30 percent of work on another expressway connecting Colombo with the international airport in