New Kelani Bridge opened
Sri Lanka’s first high-tech Golden Gate Kalyani, newly constructed Kelani Bridge, was vested with the public, after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa declared it open last evening.
The six-lane bridge was constructed with advanced technology from Japan, culminating in several milestones in transport technology in Sri Lanka. It was constructed through a concessionary loan of 35,020 million yen from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), extends southwards from Colombo-Katunayake Expressway, and divides towards Port Access Road ending at Ingurukade Intersection and Baseline Road, ending at Orugodawatte Intersection.
The bridge itself consists of two sections – the extradosed bridge section over the river and the steel box girder viaduct section over the existing roadway. Both technologies were used for the first time in Sri Lanka. The extradosed design enabled the bridge to have the widest span without piers in any bridge in Sri Lanka.