Second phase of Outer Circular Road from Kaduwela to Kadawatha to open next month


by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Linking the Southern Expressway from Kaduwela to Kadawatha, the 8.9 km long second phase of the Colombo Outer Circular Highway (OCH) would be completed and opened to the public next month, according to Highways and Investment Promotion Ministry.

Construction of the OCH is being carried out in three phases including Phase 1, an 11.0 km section from Kottawa to Kaduwela, which was opened earlier by the previous government, Phase 11, an 8.9 km section from Kaduwela to Kadawatha; and Phase 111 – a 9.3 km section from Kadawatha to Kerawelapitiya.

The Construction of the road commenced in October 2009 and is to be completed in September 2017. The expressway will be Sri Lanka’s most expensive road, estimated at US$ 57 million per km. The construction of first stage from Kottawa to Kaduwela, a length of 11km, was completed at a cost of Rs. 27 billion in early 2014.

Construction of the second stage of the project from Kaduwela to Kadawatha, a length of 8.9 km, began on 18 February 2012 at an estimated cost of Rs. 49 billion.

Meanwhile, the cabinet approval had been granted for the third phase of the OCH from Kerawalapitiya to Kadawatha.

The government said that the cost of the approved civil works contract of the third phase amounted to Rs. 66,689 million and 95 per cent of the said cost would be financed by an EXIM loan from China.

The acquisition of land for the above project is in its final stage and compensation of Rs. 1,100 million is to be paid in this regard.

The project will commence under the amended scope of work recommended by the Review Committee appointed for the evaluation of technical and financial matters of this project.

According to the Road Development Authority (RDA) plan, the OCH will be developed as a four-lane highway with provision for future expansion to 6-lanes. The design speed of the Highway is 100 kmph.

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