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The proposed Colombo-Katunayake highway will be completed within 39 months and will address the traffic block on the Colombo-Negombo road, said Highways and Road Development Minister T.B. Ekanayake.
He said the highway will also assist transport to the North. Moreover, it will be an additional infrastructure facility for the betterment of the Katunayake Free Trade Zone.To
The completion of the highway will enable the vehicles to reach Katunayake airport within 20 minutes which otherwise takes one and half hours. The construction of the highway was first started in 2000. Work was stopped and later restarted in 2003.
A Chinese contractor, China Metalo gical Group Cooperation has taken the challenge to complete the highway in 39 months. The estimated cost of the highway is 292 million dollars of which 85 percent ($252 million) will be provided as a loan by the government of the People's Republic of China whereas the balance 15 percent ($ 40 million) has to be borne by the government of Sri Lanka .
This highway begins at the Kelani bridge and will end at the entrance to the Katunayake airport and will be 25.8 kms long. The first two kms from Kelani bridge to Peliyagoda will have six lanes, and from there it will continue as four lanes to Katunayake. Within the first eight kilometres the speed will be limited to 80 kmph and from there onwards it will be 100 kmph.
There are four interchanges upto Katunayake, namely Peliyagoda where Kandy road and Negombo road meets. Ja-Ela is another point where Negombo road and Pamunugama road meets.
At Kerawalapitiya too it interchanges. Finally at Katunayake it meets Negombo road as well as Airport road.
Project Director, P. Gunaratna explained that the contractor has used purified sea sand for the construction a practise believed to have been undertaken in Sri Lanka for the first time.
Posted on Friday, April 03, 2009 @ 05:25:06 LKT by SaNDun