Colombo-Kandy expressway construction begins next year
The Ports and Highways Ministry has made arrangements to commence the
construction of the Colombo-Kandy expressway early next year, Ports and
Highways Deputy Minister Nirmala Kothalawala said.
The deputy minister said the entire Colombo-Kandy expressway project
(98.9km) is being implemented in two phases with a total investment of
Rs.160 billion. The first phase from Kadawata, north to Ambepussa while
the second phase would extend the road to Katugastota, near Kandy.
This is an alternate expressway between Colombo and Kandy. This is
connected to the outer circular highway at Kadawatha and runs up to
“The process to acquire land for the first phase is being carried out
by the authorities. Once the land acquisition process is over, upgrading
work on the 48.2 road from Kadawatha to Ambepussa will commence under
the first phase,” the deputy minister said.
“Travel time between Colombo and Kandy now takes about three hours
and there is congestion on the existing road. Once the expressway is
constructed, the travel time between Colombo and Kandy will be reduced
to around 45-50 minutes with vehicle speeds of 100-110 kilometres an
hour. It will be a four-lane highway with provision to expand to six
lanes,” he said.
The number of interchanges will be increased to 11. It will consist
of 31 main bridges and 61 minor bridges and 10 tunnels.
The planned expressway will be an elevated highway, built on viaducts
or concrete pillars to reduce land acquisition and avoid difficulties
caused by the danger of floods, Kothalawela said.