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Mar 04, 2011 (LBO) – A new expressway in southern Sri Lanka that will be partly open by the middle of this year will be confined only to fast-moving vehicles with slow-moving ones like auto-rickshaws and tractors banned, an official said. R W R Pemasiri, director-general of the Road Development Authority, said the 126-kilometre southern expressway will be a toll road and also have cameras to control speeding.

The maximum speed on the expressway will be 100 kilometres an hour and the road will sharply reduce travel time between the capital Colombo and the island’s south, reduce fuel and vehicle operating costs and improve comfort and reliability.

“We’re planning to open the southern expressway from Kottawa, (a suburb south of Colombo) up to Galle (on the south coast) by the end of July or in August,” Pemasiri told a forum on land transport strategies held by the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics.

The access controlled expressway will have 11 interchanges for vehicle to enter.

“There will be restrictions on the types of vehicle allowed to use the expressway . . vehicles like three-wheelers (auto-rickshaws), motorcycles, and tractors,” Pemasiri said.

“Also, we will prevent overloaded vehicles on the exp