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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 07.55 GMT
Colombo Outer Circular Expressway first phase next month


The Colombo Outer Circular Expressway to link other expressways and major roads such as the Southern Expressway, Northern and Kandy expressways and Colombo Avissawella road, Colombo - Kandy and Colombo - Negombo roads through an outer ring of Colombo city is now progressing with the completion of its first phase from Kottawa to Kaduwela.

This will facilitate the vehicles which travel to outstations, to bypass the routes within the Colombo city limits.

According to the Project Minister of Ports, Shipping and Highways Nirmala Kothalawala, the first phase of the outer circular expressway as an extension of the southern expressway is due to be opened for the motorists on March 8.

"This expressway aims to minimize the traffic congestion within the Colombo city and also to encourage the development of Colombo suburbs as major townships", the Minister said.

"We are hoping to develop the Colombo suburban cities such as Kottawa, Kaduwela and Kadawatha along with this project, he added.

The expressway starts from end point of the Southern Expressway and runs up to Kerawalapitiya once all the phases of the project are completed, the project Engineer of the Outer Circular Expressway project Wimal Kandambi said.

According to him, the total length of the expressway is 29.1 kilometres and it is divided into three phases. The first phase of that is 11 kilometers and runs from Kottawa to Kaduwela. The second phase is from Kaduwela to Kadawatha (8.9 kilometres) while the third phase runs from Kadawatha to Kerawalapitiya. The length of that section will be 9.3 kilometres.

"The first phase of the project from Kottawa to Kaduwela is now getting ready for the opening with the completion of the construction work by February 28", the project engineer said.

The cost involved for the first phase is Rs.24.9 billion and it is funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency. The China Harbour Engineering Corporation is the main contractor of the project and the Oriental Consultant Ltd is acting as the constancy agency for the project.




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