Colombo, Oct 26 (BAN/ AD): Road Development Authority (RDA) has said that 2nd stage of the Central Expressway from Meerigama to Kurunegala will be opened for traffic by March next year. RDA has confirmed the 37-kilometer section from Meerigama to Kurunegala is 85% complete.
The Central Expressway, which commences from Kadawatha connecting to the Colombo Outer Circular Highway, extends to Kandy-Galagedara from one end and another to Dambulla. The Central Expressway project has been implemented in four stages; from Kadawatha to Mirigama (37 km), Mirigama to Kurunegala (39.28 km), Pothuhera to Galagedara (32.5 km) and Kurunegala to Dambulla (60.3 km).
The construction started Jan 16 2017 by 4 Lankan companies. The investment for this section is Rs. 160 billion. The project is funded by Lankan banks. Interchange centers with Automatic Charge Counters will be established at Mirigama, Nakalagamuwa, Dambokka and Kurunegala.
The second phase consists of 12 large bridges and 130 culverts. Along the four lane road, nearly 11 km of the road is built on concrete pillars. It has been designed taken into consideration of public ideas to be environmentally friendly and not to cause floods.