Expressway needs to fast track development are ready for opening for the benefit of the people. Sri Lanka’s first Expressway will be vested in the public this month. The Southern Expressway which begins from Makumbura in Kottawa has a distance of 126 kilometres to Godagama in Matara. The width of the Highway is 15 metres. Work on the Project was launched in 2006 98 percent of the work has already been completed. The minimum speed limit of the Expressway is 80 kilometres per Hour. The normal speed will be 100 kilometres per Hour. It takes only about one hour to travel to Gall from Colombo along the Expressway. Up to Matara, the traveling time will be about 90 minutes.
The Expressway has been built via 21 Divisional Secretariat Divisions and 64 Grama Niladhari Divisions. There are 11 access roads to the Highway. In addition 22 main bridges have been built. The largest bridge has come up across the Bentara River. It is 780 metres long. The Bridge has come up on 19 large concrete posts, and built according to modern technology. It is considered as the largest Bridge in the island. There also 19 flyovers.
Funds for the project have come from the Asian Development Bank, the Japan Economic Cooperation Bank, the Swedish International Fund and the Scandinavian Development Fund. The visuals of the Expressway will no doubt ring in the ears of the people that Sri Lanka was not trekking towards development but development has reached the island nation.