Construction of the Port Access Elevated Highway from Ingurukade Junction to Port City and other major road development projects, which are nearing completion, will be completed on schedule, Minister of Highways Kanaka Herath said.
He was speaking at a progress review meeting on the construction of the Elevated Highway held at the Ministry auditorium recently.
The Minister instructed Project Director Eng. K.W. Kandambi to expedite laying of underground water pipes beside the port access road, removal of electricity and telephone poles, and development of the drainage system.
The Elevated Highway is 39 per cent complete and fixing pressurised concrete bridges, being used for the first time in Sri Lanka is also continuing, Kandambi told the Minister.
The eco-friendly highway connects all expressways in the country through the New Kelani Bridge, which was constructed using high-technology cables.
The highway is 5.3 kilometres long and consists of four lanes. The project is handled by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, under the supervision of the Ministry of Highways and Road Development Authority at a cost of Rs 28,002 million.
The highway has five entrances: Ingurukade Entrance, Pettah Wimaladharma Junction Entrance, New Road Entrance, Galle Face Entrance and the Port City Entrance. It will facilitate freight transport from the Colombo Port.
Secretary to the Ministry of Highways, R.W.R. Premasiri, RDA Director General Sardha Weerakoon, Project Director Eng. K.W. Kandambi and officers from the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation participated in the meeting.