Sri Lanka is developing a network of four-lane expressways of international standards. In 2011, the expressway from Colombo to Galle was opened and later on extended to Matara. In 2013 the expressway from Colombo City to the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake near Negombo was opened and is now connected by Colombo’s new expressway ring road with the express-way to the south.
This is only a beginning. The government of Sri Lanka is about to decide this month that expressway system will be extended to link Colombo with the centre as well as with the north and east of the island. The first part of the new expressway will run parallel to the A1 mainroad to Kandy, a few kilometres further north. There will be a fork at the small village Pothuthera, 9 km south-west of Kurunegala. One branching expressway will link to Kandy-Gannoruwa. It is planned to be opened in 2018. But some sectors of the road will be completed even earlier. The other branch of the expressway will lead to Dambulla. The idea is to extend it later by two more branches from here to Jaffna and to Trincomalee respectively.
There will be access points to the Colombo-Dambulla expressway at Gampaha, Veyangoda, Mirigama South, Mirigama North, Nakalagamuwa, Pothuhera, Dambokka, Kurunegala, Rideegama, Melsiripura and Galewela. The link expressway branching of at Pothuhera and leading to Kandy Gannoruwa will have access points at Galagedara, Rambukkana and Aladeniya. The Rambukkana access point will be important for tourist who travel to the Pinnawela Elephant orphanage.
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