The Highway’s Ministry says it will abandon an existing proposal to reconstruct damaged coastal roads in favour of long term infrastructure projects. The Highway’s Ministry says it will abandon an existing proposal to reconstruct damaged coastal roads in favour of long term infrastructure projects. In the south, officials say a four lane road project between Wadduwa and Paiagala will be stretched up to Galle instead of rebuilding the existing two lane road.
Road Development Authority (RDA) officials say with housing and other infrastructure along the coastal road now destroyed and the government’s strict ruling that no new infrastructure can be build within a 100 meter stretch from the shore line, expansion of the road could be expedited.
The chore of land acquisition will also not be an issue under the present situation.
The reconstruction effort will also look to cut down on shortcoming in the current road network, including reducing the number of sharp bends, and moving erosion prone road stretches further inland.
However, it is unlikely that entire starches running parallel to the sea will be moved inland.