Work on the second stage of the Central Expressway will commence tomorrow. The work is slated to be launched under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. The second stage construction will be carried out from Mirigama to Kurunegala.
The construction of the Central Expressway will link the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Northwestern and North Central Provinces.
With the completion of work on this Expressway, travelling between these Provinces can be undertaken within a very short period. The Highways Ministry said that this would be an impetus to the progress of every sector including the economic, administrative and transport spheres.
The launch of work on the second stage of the Central Expressway is due to take place at the auspicious time of 10.30 am under the auspices of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe at the invitation of Minister Lakshman Kiriella. The distance from Mirigama to Kurunegala is 39.29 kilometres. The estimated cost of this work is 137.098 Billion Rupees. The Expressway which is 23 metres wide, will comprise four lanes each with a width of 3.3 metres. There will also be five interchanges located as Mirigama, Nakalagamuwa, Malpitiya, Pothuhera and Kurunegala. Its construction is expected to be completed in mid-2019. It is noteworthy that its entire construction will be handled by local Engineers. Thus the Ministry of Highways said that this will enable the country to save a colossal sum in foreign exchange.
The first stage of the Central Expressway runs from Kadawatha to Mirigama. It has four interchanges at Kadawatha, Gampaha, Veyangoda and Mirigama South. The Third Stage will have two interchanges and will stretch from Pothuhera to Galagedara. The fourth stage runs from Kurunegala to Dambulla and is planned to have five interchanges.