Colombo – Katunayake Expressway opens tomorrow
The long felt need of a high mobility link between the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake and the capital Colombo will be realized tomorrow with the opening of the Colombo – Katunayake Expressway (CKE) by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The quick transit the Expressway offers between the Bandaranaike
International Airport and Colombo with enhanced safety will help boost the country’s economy in addition to providing pleasant travel for road users. The 25.8 Km long Colombo Katunayake Expressway is a four lane user-fee levying highway with a designed speed of 100 kmph. It consists of three interchanges, namely Peliyagoda, Jaela and Katunayake. It is expected to connect the CKE to the proposed Outer Circular Highway (OCH) at Kerawalapitiya in the future. The Expressway has been constructed according to the international standards to ensure the safety of all road users and emphasis has been given to increase the mental and physical comfort of passengers and drivers, according to the Road Development Authority.
As the CKE is an important segment of much awaited north-south link, when the construction of Outer Circular Highway (OCH) from Kottawa to Kerawalapitiya is completed the much awaited north-south connection will be established enabling the usurers of CKE to reach southern parts of the country through Expressway Network.
In turn it will contribute to achieve overall Development objectives of the country through the Expressway Network. Ultimately the Expressway Network would contribute to harness the expected economic benefits to the country with shorter travel times and reduced vehicle operating costs.
Courtesy – Daily news.lk