MR inspects BIA expressway

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today inspected the Colombo – Katunayake expressway which is nearing completion, the President’s office said.
The President met officials involved in the construction of the expressway prior to embarking on an official visit to Belarus.
The 26 km long expressway is scheduled to open next month.
The Ports and Highways Ministry commenced the construction of the expressway in 2008.  The Colombo-Katunayake expressway is Sri Lanka’s second E Class highway. It will link Colombo with the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake.
The highway will have three lanes each way from Colombo to Peliyagoda and two lanes each way, from Peliyagoda to Katunayake with the width ranging from 26 to 34 metres.
The speed limit will be 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph) for the first eight kilometres (5.0 mi) and 110 km/h (68 mph) for the rest of the road.The Expressway will have 42 bridges and 88 culverts including a 480 metre long viaduct at Hunupitiya and a 800 metre viaduct at Katunayake.