Port Traffic

Dec 07, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s road development agency is to build a flyover at the main entrance to Colombo port to ease traffic congestion caused by container trucks, a port official said. The island’s imports and exports have increased with economic growth accelerating to eight percent a year after the end of its 30-year ethnic war in 2009.

Container truck drivers also recently staged a sudden strike complaining of lengthy delays to get into the port because of inadequate access. Sri Lanka ports Authority chairman Priyath Wickrama said the flyover at the port entrance in the northern part of Colombo will be for general public transport.

“The port’s internal roads are being widened to ensure smooth traffic and minimise congestion inside and also at the access gates,” Wickrama told a recent meeting of the import section of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

“The Road Development Authority has agreed to put a flyover at the port access road entrance for the general public,” Wickrama said.

Construction will start late next year and the flyover will take two years to build, he said.

Movement of container trucks in and out of the port has added to growing congestion in the