Katunayake – Kelaniya Expressway built at a cost of 291 million US dollars will be ready to open in August, the Economic Development Ministry said.
The 26 kilometer-long Expressway is part of the highway network connecting the already functioning Southern Expressway, proposed Northern Expressway and the Colombo Outer Circular Highway that is under construction.
When completed the road network will provide fast and easy access to the North and South and will avoid traffic when reaching Colombo.
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa recently inspected the Katunayake - Kelaniya Expressway and instructed the relevant officials to plant trees native to Sri Lanka on either side of the road after conserving the marshy lands on both sides of the expressway and cleaning the Dutch Canal.
The Minister noted that the true benefits of the Southern and Colombo-Katunayake Expressways can be reaped only after the completion of the Northern Expressway the initial work on which has already begun.
The Northern Expressway will be constructed in three stages - the first from Enderamulla to Ambepussa, the second from Meerigama to Pellandeniya and the third from Ambepussa to Kandy.
The Minister has said that the planning has to be done causing the least damage to human settlements and the natural environment.