Connecting north and south Batticaloa
New Kalladi Bridge opens Friday

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The newly built Kalladi Bridge, in Batticaloa, would be declared open on Friday (22) under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Highways Ministry announced yesterday.

The new bridge, connecting Batticaloa North and South, on the Akkaraipattu-Batticaloa-Thirukkondiadimadu road, was constructed to replace the old Kalladi Bridge that was built by the British 70 years ago.

The project to construct the 288.35-metre long and 16.5-metre wide bridge cost Rs. 2.6 billion and was funded by the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA).

The project began in 2007 but was delayed by the original contractor and the government decided to entrust the construction work to a new contractor to complete the task.

Meanwhile, the Ministry also said that the Colombo-Katunayake expressway, linking Sri Lanka’s main international airport, would be ready to open in August.

The 26-kilometer-long Katunayake - Kelaniya Expressway, built at a cost of US$ 291 million, is part of the highway network connecting the already functioning Southern Expressway, proposed Northern Expressway and the Colombo Outer Circular Highway that is under construction.

The Kandy Expressway would be constructed in three stages - the first from Enderamulla to Ambepussa, the second from Meerigama to Pellandeniya and the third from Ambepussa to Kandy, the Ministry added.

The technical report on the Kandy expressway construction, the environmental report, surveying the area, geological aspects and the resettlement of people, who will be displaced as a result of land acquisition, for the purpose,e are now being studied since the project is expected to meet the needs that would arise by 2030.

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