The 31 kilometre Galle-Matara Expressway to be opened on March 15. The road begins from Pinnaduwa, Galle and ends at Godagama, Matara in South.
The new road constructed by local engineers under the Highways Ministry’s direction will make it possible for travellers to reach Kaduwela, a suburb of Colombo city, from Matara in one-and-a-half-hours. The maximum speed is 100 kmh.
Following the inspection Minister Basil Rajapaksa said that after completion the Kaduwela-Galle and Galle-Matara Expressways will become one expressway from Katunayake to Hambantota via the Gampaha, Kalutara, Galle, Matara and Hambantota districts by the middle of this year.
The objective of these constructions is to reduce traffic congestion in the Western Province and encourage the development of highly populated urban areas in the Western Province.
The volume of traffic in these areas is around two million per day and most of them are compelled to move via Colombo city due to lack of alternative roads.
Starting from the Kottawa entry point the 11km-long first section of the Colombo Outer Circular Expressway is scheduled to be completed in three stages. The first section was completed and opened on March 8.
The second and third stages of this highway are expected to be completed by 2017. It will connect the Kaduwela-Kadawatha and Kadawatha-Kerawalapitiya stretches.
Work on extending the expressway from Matara to Hambantota is scheduled to begin in June.
Work on the Northern Expressway has already begun and its first stage will be from Enderamulla to Ambepussa, the second stage from Meerigama to Pallandeniya and the third from Ambepussa to Kandy.