First Step

Dec 20, 2012 (LBO) – Australia based SMEC International (Pvt) Ltd, a consultancy, has been awarded the contract to study the feasibility and prepare bid documents for an expressway to the central Sri Lanka, a minister said. Later stages of the Northern Expressway project involve extensions to Jaffna in the north of the island and Trincomalee in the East. “This is the first step to starting the Northern Expressway project,” information minister Keheliya Rambukwelle told reporters.

The firm will be paid 3.99 million Australian dollars and 414 million Sri Lankan rupees to conduct feasibility and environmental studies and prepare bid documents for the first part of the Northern Expressway project.

The first phase consists of a 4-lane expressway from Enderamulla to Pellandeniya near Kurunegala and a link expressway from Pothupitiya to Hediniya near Kandy.

Better known as the Colombo-Kandy expressway, the road is expected to be built as a privately financed toll road.