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The opening of the southern expressway for motor traffic had been delayed due to incomplete work on signalling and access points, Deputy Minister of Road Development Nirmala Kotalawala said.

Earlier, the government had planned to open the stretch of the expressway between Galle and Colombo for motor traffic in September. However, the Minister said that some minor work had to be completed along the road, and therefore, the opening will be delayed. “Anyway, we will open the expressway before the end of this year,” he said. 

With the opening of the road, the government is planning to reduce the travel time from Colombo to Galle to one and half hours.  Normally, it takes around three hours for a vehicle to reach Colombo from Galle.
 
Motorists will be charged a toll for using the expressway once it is opened. (Kelum Bandara)



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  • lankaputha Tuesday, 30 August 2011 10:38 AM

    minor work, before the end of this year, something fishy isn't it?

    willowsw Tuesday, 30 August 2011 10:44 AM

    before the end of the year - that is a much realistic date???

    asanka. Tuesday, 30 August 2011 11:01 AM

    waiting to have a ride !

    Hoda PADAM Tuesday, 30 August 2011 11:16 AM

    When will these ppl start doing work ontime Whatever starts ends with a delay !

    Noah Tuesday, 30 August 2011 11:33 AM

    Ayyoo :(

    upul Tuesday, 30 August 2011 11:51 AM

    Keep it for the B'day like the Magampura Port.

    Rata Perata!!!!

    MK Tuesday, 30 August 2011 12:15 PM

    please open it soon

    Ranjit Tuesday, 30 August 2011 12:21 PM

    Once it is open hope people will be able to use it.

    Chandana Amaradasa Wednesday, 31 August 2011 08:06 AM

    we want to see the proper south.............

    Bandu Wednesday, 31 August 2011 08:21 AM

    This shows how poor planners we are. howmany engineers, policy planners who are well thorough on these, are working in this country but nobody thought how good if they can reduce the traffic along the Galle road due to railwayline closed for six months by opening this

    Kekulthotuwage. Wednesday, 31 August 2011 08:26 AM

    This is good decision .! ifs you do this kind of project it should be runs years & years .. not for short time.

    Ceylonese Wednesday, 31 August 2011 08:48 AM

    Incomplete commission?!

    Pissa Thursday, 01 September 2011 05:38 AM

    FYI.This was started in 2002 & supposed to have been finished long time ago.

    kajja Thursday, 01 September 2011 05:48 AM

    Positively taking this, so what do you suggest? Do you have any idea of the strategies that other countries has followed in introduction of highways? Please elaborate.

    User Wednesday, 31 August 2011 01:48 PM

    Does our motorist know how to change lanes when driving @ 100km/h ? . I'm sure we will see major accidents until our drivers learn how to drive in highways.


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