The future of Expressways


While we trust in great trains and progressively available vehicle, interstates are yet the fastest method to arrange the nation. So where will the following Expressways go? change to the current Roadway organize which for the most part began during the British time. Binding through the beautiful scene at a speed of 100 kmph and arriving at the goal be a novel encounter to the Sri Lankan explorer. 

Sri Lanka currently has over 150km of functioning expressways in the southern part of the country. They are E01 (the southern expressway), E03 (Colombo– Katunayake Expressway) and E02 (the Outer Circular Expressway; which is the newest connecting the Southern Expressway from Kottawa to Kaduwela). 

All E-Grade roads in Sri Lanka are controlled, toll streets with rates restrains in the scope of 80–110 kilometers for each hour (50–68 mph). People on foot, bikes, cruisers, three wheelers and tractors are not allowed to enter the expressways. The system is to be extended to 350 kilometers (220 mi) before the current year’s over.   

The future of Expressways
Source :

E01- Southern Expressway

The first stage of the E01 Expressway (Southern Expressway) which opened in 2011 was Sri Lanka’s first expressway spanning 95.3 kilometres (59.2 mi). The second stage of the Southern Expressway opened in 2014 and extends to Matara. This enabled to travel from Colombo to Matara within one and half hours. Southern Expressway is remarkable since it was the first E grade highway to be experienced by the Sri Lankan. 

The first phase has eight functioning interchanges in the Southern Expressway at present. They are Kottawa Interchange, Kahatuduwa Interchange, Gelanigama Interchange, Dodangoda Interchange, Welipenna Interchange, Kurundugahahetekma Interchange, Baddegama Interchange and Pinnaduwa Interchange.

The Second Phase of the E01 Expressway from Galle to Matara entries from Galle to the expressway from Pinnaduwa and exits to Matara is from Godagama Interchange. From Pinnaduwa to Godagama, there are Imaduwa interchange (connects Galle- Deniyaya- Madampe main road to the expressway) and Kokmaduwa interchange (connects Imaduwa- Kananke Road to the expressway). Plan is to add two more interchanges to this phase. 

Third phase of the expressway will lead up to Hambantota also connecting to Mattala Airport which is now under construction. This does make Arugam Bay, Ella, and Yala much more accessible.

E03- Colombo- Katunayake Expressway

Colombo- Katunayake Expressway is agreat leap of connecting Sri Lankan capital Colombo with

The 25.8-kilometre-long (16.0 mi) highway links the Sri Lankan capital Colombo with Bandaranayake International Airport, Katunake through Negombo. This project was begun on 2009 and finished in 2013. Opened for fuction on 27th October 2013.  The expressway has three lanes (one from Colombo to Peliyagoda) and two lanes from Peliyagoda to Katunayake.) This project was aided by Exim Bank, China. The Expressway has 42 bridges and 88 culverts including a 480-meter-long viaduct at Hunupitiya and an 800-metre viaduct at Katunayake. This Expressway facilitates the community to travel through Negombo to Colombo within less than 20 minutes. The expressway has four functioning interchanges; New Kelani Bridge Interchange, Peliyagoda Interchange, Ja-Ela Interchange and Katunayake Interchange. Kerawalapitiya Interchange which is under-construction, will connect with E02  Colombo Outer Circular Expressway. 

Expressway Network :

E02- Outer Circular Expressway

The Colombo Outer Circular Expressway (also known as the Outer Circular Highway (OCH) is the main network that connects other highways into one. It will also provide an orbital beltway to detour the city of Colombo and reduce traffic congestion. The project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).  In memory of late Arthur C. Clerk, the expressway is named after him. 

The construction of phase one from Kottawa to Kaduwela was vested with the public on 8 March 2014. Construction of the second stage of the project from Kaduwela to Kadawatha was completed by the end of 2015, formed a major connection between Colombo and Kadawatha. The third phase from Kadawatha to Kerawalapitiya is nearly finished and will be opened soon. 

E04- Central Expessway

The Central Expressway (E04), is a proposed road project that will link the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, with Kandy. It is basically replacement the route of the A1 Road (Colombo-Kandy Road). The first phase of the works will link the E03 through Kurunegala via Ederamulla and Mirigama. The second phase will extend the expressway to Katugastota. 



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here