Outer circle Express highway one of the main express Highway developments is undergoing now will expect to open very soon. It is expected to open the first phase of the Outer Circular Expressway public within the first quarter of this year.

95% of the 11km stretch from Kottawa to Kaduwela has been completed. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) provided the necessary funds for the project amounting to Rs. 24.98 billion.

The second phase from Kaduwela to Kadawata, which is under construction, would be opened by the first quarter of 2015, he said. Rs.44 billion has been allocated to the 8.9 km long second phase.

The third phase to Kerawalapitiya from Kadawata 9.2km was scheduled to begin with Rs 33 billion of investment.

The first phase will be connected to the Southern Expressway from Kaduwela. Once the entire Outer Circular Expressway is complete it will connect the Colombo Katunayake Expressway as well.

The Expressway is to have eight flyovers and an underground subway too. And it is also to have six main inter-exchanges in Kottawa, Kaduwela. Biyagama. Kadawata, Maththumagala a n d Kerawalapitiya.

“The main purpose for the Outer Circular Expressway is to develop the cities around Colombo, to avoid Greater Colombo when coming from the Northern and Southern region and also to distribute goods transported from the Katunayake International Airport in a more efficient manner.

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