|The Colombo – Katunayake expressway will be the first expressway in Sri Lanka to utilize modern technology.|
|Saturday, 12 October 2013 12:59|
The Colombo – Katunayake expressway will be the first expressway in Sri Lanka to utilize modern technology.
Similar to expressways in main cities in the world there will be a control center established in the Seeduwa area to monitor traffic and other activities in the expressway. The expressway is 25.8 kilometers in length and each lane will be 3.75 meters wide. In addition to this there is a shoulder area of 3 meters to park a vehicle when there is a defect. There will digital sign boards to inform about accidents as well as when there is rain ahead of the vehicles. This is the first time that this type of sign warnings has been installed in an expressway in this country. Arrangements have also been made to affix this kind of sign boards in the southern expressway as well. This was stated by the Secretary to the Ministry of Highways Ranjith Premasiri participating in the Subharathi discussion programme of the SLBC this morning. The ministry has taken steps to have a chain of plants on the center of the expressway in order to avoid the glare of headlights of opposite direction vehicles affecting traffic on the expressway. Mr. Premasiri said that this is a special arrangement undertaken to prevent accidents on the expressway. The interchange near the New Kelani Bridge will be the starting point of the expressway. And the interchange at the Katunayake International Airport will be the other end of the expressway. There will be interchanges at Peliyagoda and Ja-ela as well to access the expressway. Upon opening the expressway it will take only 20 minutes to travel between Colombo and Katunayake. The expressway will be declared open by President Mahinda Rajapakse on the 27th of this month. The pubic will be allowed to see the expressway on 22nd, 23rd and 24th of this month. The use of the expressway by pedestrians, cyclists and three wheelers will be prohibited. Mr. Pramasiri said that however, on the three days allocated for the public this restriction will not be in operation. He said that on these days various sports events have also been organized to be held on the expressway.