Central Expressway ready by 2024
By Thameenah Razeek
Development work on the Central Expressway will be completed by 2024, according to the Director General of the Road Development Authority (RDA), Sardha Weerakoon.
The RDA has taken steps to consult the appropriate agencies to discuss proposals outside the present system in order to prevent the damage to completed roads during the implementation of development projects such as water, electricity, and telecom.
Weerakoon, stated that a two-metre area will be set aside on each side of the road to be used in development initiatives conducted by other institutions. He said that all major traffic congestion areas in Colombo would be widened, and modern signal lights systems would be put in place.
He was speaking at a press conference, conducted at the Presidential Media Centre yesterday (25), on the latest information on Sri Lanka's road network. Highways Ministry Secretary R. W. R. Premasiri stated that all byroads and access roads around the country have been constructed and linked to the main road network.
The Director General noted that the 41-kilometre portion of the Central Expressway, from Mirigama to Kurunegala, which has been long sought by the people, will be opened to the public shortly, adding that the opportunity was realised with great determination in the face of the pandemic. He went on to say that the road development procurement procedure is conducted in accordance with international standards and the technical specifications specified by the Construction and Training Institute in order to preserve international standards in construction.