Expressway, Five Flyovers to Ease Traffic Congestion in Colombo, Kandy
The construction of five flyovers and a four-lane elevated expressway from the New Kelani Bridge to Athurugiriya as a part of easing traffic congestion in the capital and Kandy will be launched by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today (7).
The inauguration ceremony is scheduled to be held with the participation of a limited number of people as per health regulations in place in view of the pandemic.
Premier Rajapaksa will participate in the ceremony via new technology from Temple Trees, stated a press release issued by the Ministry of Highways.
Highways Minister Johnston Fernando said the implementation of the project was a manifestation of the Government’s commitment to realising the visions and policies of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’ in line with plans for sustainable development. This year’s budget laid special emphasis on finding solutions to traffic jams in main cities, the Minister said adding that as a part of easing traffic congestion in Colombo and its suburbs and Kandy, five new flyovers and an elevated expressway from the New Kelani Bridge to Athurugiriya would be constructed.
Flyovers would be constructed at Kohuwala junction, Getambe Junction, overpassing the Slave Island Railway Station to Justice Akbar Mawatha, Uttarananda Mawatha and another flyover connecting two overhead bridges. A flyover would be constructed across Beira Lake and Slave Island to Bala Daksha Mawatha and another connecting Chittampalam A Gardiner Mawatha. Cabinet approval has been granted for these constructions.
The four-lane elevated expressway from the New Kelani Bridge to Athurugiriya is planned to reduce huge traffic congestion created by vehicles coming from the Southern Expressway to Colombo and those from Battaramulla, Kaduwela and Athurugiriya to Colombo. It is to be 16.4 km in length and the estimated cost is Rs 134.9 billion.
The construction would be done by the China Harbour Engineering Company in 36 months. The elevated expressway will start from the New Kelani Bridge and will run through Kolonnawa, Rajagiriya, Buthgamuwa, Battaramulla, Koswatte, Pothu Arawa, Hokandara to the Outer Circular Expressway.
There would be inter-changes at Orugodawatte, Rajagiriya, Koswatte, Hokandara and at Dematagoda connecting Baseline Road. There would be another inter-change linking the elevated expressway to the Outer Circular Expressway at Athurugiriya. The Flyover at Kohuwala junction will be constructed with financial aid from the Hungarian government at a cost of Rs 2,648 million.
The overhead bridge would be 217.30 meters in length and 9.4 meters in width overarching a four-lane road connecting Nugegoda and Kalubowila controlled by traffic signals. The project is envisaged to be completed in 22 months. The Flyover at Getambe junction will also be constructed with the financial aid from the Hungarian government at a cost of Rs 9,451 million. It would be 396.70 metres in length and its branch-flyover would be 285 metres in length.
The width of the flyover would be covered in three segments. The main flyover would be of 9.40 metres in length and counted together with the branch flyover the total width would be 12.90 metres. The width of the branch-flyover from Kandy to Peradeniya would be 6.40 metres. In addition, plans are underway to construct the underpass enabling two or three vehicles at once and will comprise a 30 metre-long four-lane iron bridge from Peradeniya to Kandy. The project is envisaged to be completed in 28 months. The length of the flyover at the Justice Akbar Mawatha would be 207 metres and 8.4 meters in width.
The Flyover at Uttarananda Mawatha would be 396 metres in length and 10.4 metres in width. The flyover connecting the two aforementioned flyovers would be 310 metres in length and 6.9 metres in width. The total cost for the three aforementioned flyovers is estimated at Rs 5,270 million.
It is planned to be completed in 12 months and construction work of the flyovers would be by Maga Engineering Pvt Ltd. The flyover across Beira Lake and the Slave Island Railway Station connecting Bala Daksha Mawatha and Chittampalam A Gardner Mawatha is planned to be completed in 12 months. It would be 360 metres in length and 11 metres in width. The total construction cost is estimated at Rs 2,730 million and the work is to be completed by Access Engineering PLC