No Distractions

July 17, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s first expressway which is due to open later this month will have curbs on advertising to prevent drivers from being distracted, Road Development Authority chief R W Pemasiri said. “No construction will be permitted within 500 metres of expressway, without permission from the RDA,” Pemasiri said.

“No advertising billboards will be permitted in this area.”

He said there were concerns that advertising may distract drivers, increasing the risk of accidents.

The first section of the expressway to Pinnaduwa in the southern town of Galle from Kottawa, south of the capital Colombo is expected to be open later this month.

It will be Sri Lanka’s first toll road.