By Chaturanga Pradeep
Construction work on the Northern Expressway would start in November, Highways Project Minister, Nirmala Kotalawala said.
The Northern Expressway, from Enderamulla in Gampaha to Dambulla would be constructed in four phases and consist of four lanes initially. Chinese and local contractors would jointly undertake the construction of the expressway projects to the North as well as Kandy and was estimated to cost around Rs. 300 billion, Minister Kotalawela said.
Addressing a press briefing today, Highways Ministry Secretary and Road Development Authority (RDA) Chairman R.W.R. Premasiri said that the first phase of the 53 kilometre long highway would go up to Ambepussa. “The first 90 kilometers of the road would be undertaken by local contractors while the rest will be handled by Chinese contractors,” Premasiri said.