Work on Veyangoda flyover ahead of schedule


Work on the new Veyangoda flyover located on the main access road to the Katunayake International Airport along the Kandy Road and Sabaragamuwa Province is ahead of schedule with the project due to be completed later this year, Access Engineering PLC, the country’s leading infrastructure developer said last week.

The design and construction of the flyover above the Veyangoda railway crossing was entrusted to Centunion SA of Spain and Access Engineering by the Road Development Authority. The two-lane 315-metre long flyover with a width of 10.4 metres is funded by the Government of Spain.

Construction work began last October with the project planned to be completed within 14 months. However, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa who addressed a meeting when the project commenced requested the contractor to complete the job by September – three months ahead of the scheduled contract period.

This flyover is of special importance as in addition to the convenience to the airport access it will also provide the industrial Free Trade Zone located at Katunayake, Watupitiwala and Seetawaka and give more convenience access to major hospitals in the area as well as towns like Gampaha, Negombo and Nittambuwa.

"Once completed, the Flyover will help relieve heavy traffic jams at the Veyangoda railway crossing that has plagued the area for many years due to trains that constantly cross the main road, sometime over 100 times per day. These daily traffic situations that have been causing severe inconveniences to commuters as well as the people of Veyangoda will become a thing of the past", said Mr. Jeewaka Dahanayake, Project Manager of the Veyangoda Flyover Construction Project.

Access said that in addition to the convenience the flyover will give to commuters and traffic, it will also provide unhindered access to the Northern Expressway helping the rapid development of the Veyangoda town and surrounding areas.

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