Colombo-Katunayake Expressway declared open
Sri Lanka's newest addition to its fast growing
road network, the Colombo- Katunayake A- 3 expressway was vested
with the public today (27th October). His Excellency the President
Mahinda Rajapaksa commissioned the expressway and unveiled a plaque
at a function held at the E-3 Kelaniya entrance this morning.
The 25.8 Km long expressway linking Colombo with
the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake is Sri Lanka's
second E Class highway. Described as the gateway to the Island, it
links the visitors entering the country through the Katunayake
airport with Colombo and the rest of the country.
This fee levying expressway will drastically
reduce the time taken to travel between Colombo and Katunayake to 20
minutes and will greatly lessen the traffic congestion on the
Colombo - Puttalam road. The maximum speed on this four lane
expressway is 100kmph and a number of International standard
features have been added to ensure the safety of the motorists.
Special attention was paid during construction to
preserve the natural environment as the expressway winds its way
through the Muthurajawela marshes and the Negombo lagoon. Sound
barriers will control noise pollution.
Communication facilities have been placed at
frequent intervals to assist motorists to use during emergencies.
The entire extent of the E-3 is covered by CCTV cameras and 54 large
screens at the central operation room at Seeduwa help authorities
monitor the expressway 24/7. Emergency exits have also been
established for emergency casualty evacuation.
The Expressway was opened for public view for 3
days from 22nd to 24th. A series of programmes were held including
marathon and bicycle races to raise public participation during this
Members of the Maha Sangha, other religious
dignitaries, Hon Prime Minister, cabinet ministers, deputy
ministers, members of parliament, Chinese embassy officials, senior
government officials and a large number of people were present at
the opening ceremony.