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Colombo-Katunayake Expressway declared open

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 period.

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.


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