The Matara-Colombo Expressway is nearing completion and one section of this, from Makumbura to Pinnaduwa, will be opened to public by June this year.
The entire project is 126 kilometres long and stretches from Makumbura in Kottawa to Godagama in the southern province.
The project funded by Asian Development Bank and Japan Bank for International Cooperation will have 11 entry and exit ramps. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs.85 billion.
Nearly 30 percent of the Katunayake- Colombo expressway is also complete and it is possible to complete the entire expressway by the end of 2012, the Highway Ministry officials said at a meeting presided over by President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (6 Jan).
President Rajapaksa said the government had made the biggest allocation of Rs. 102 billion to the Highways Ministry in the past with the intention of providing an efficient and systematic road network and thereby enhancing the quality of life. The President added the maintenance of a proper road network is most essential to carry out the development program in an efficient manner to deliver the fruits of development to the people.
The meeting focused on the activities of the ministry during the past six years and its future plans.
Informing of the progress on various highway projects currently undertaken, the Ministry officials told the President about 855 kilometers of roads had been developed under the "Maga Neguma" project last year surpassing the expected target.
President instructed the officials to expedite work on roads near the three Cricket World Cup venues to cater to the large numbers of local and foreign fans expected for the event.
The Katunayake expressway is expected to be ready by the end of 2012.