Summary Report of Colombo Katunayake Express highway

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The second express highway built from Colombo- Katunayake is set to reduce travel time to the airport to 20 minutes. The CKE constructed through the Muthurajawela Marshland, travels along the Negombo lagoon and falls on to the Canada Friendship Road leading to the Bandaranaike International Airport. The CKE connects to the Outer Circular Highway at Kerawalapitiya, which in turn is connected to the Southern Expressway. Arrangements have been made to welcome delegates for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and other conferences in November at the highway.


Speed limit

First 8 Km: 80 kmph

Rest of the Road: 100 kmph

Total length of Colombo-Katunayake Expressway : 25.8 km

Travel time from New Kelani Bridge to Katunayake: 20 minutes



Estimated Project Cost: USD292 Million

China: USD 248.2 Million

Government Funds: USD 43.8 Million

Cost per Km: USD 11.32 Million (Rs. 1.450 Billion)



  • New Kelani Bridge
  • Peliyagoda
  • Ja-Ela
  • Katunayake


Special Notes

  • Beyond Mabole the entire expressway will go through the Muthurajawela marshland and has been constructed on embankment filers filled with sea sand.
  • The Expressway is to have one toll gate at Peliyagoda and another at Seeduwa.
  • The Expressway will be monitored by a network of CCTV cameras which is only connected to the main control room.
  • The CKE is the only highway being built using sea sand which is used to strengthen weak soil
  • Rules and J Regulations for Southern expressway apply to the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway as well.


Number of Culverts: 102

Number of bridges: 42

Emergency Telephones

Due to the large number of accidents that have taken place down the Southern Expressway,officials have taken measures to install emergency telephones, connected only to the emergency centre, along the Colombo- Katunayake Expressway. The telephones installed on every 500 metres on either side of the expressway is orange in colour


Any vehicle travelling from Colombo can use the Expressway for the first 2 Km, before they reach the first toll gate at Peliyagoda. Motorists have the option of turning off at Peliyagoda (if travelling from Colombo) or fall on to the Kandy Road, using the first two exists on either side.


Vehicles Category 1

All type of cars, All type of Jeeps, All saloon station wagons, All cabs (single and double), All passenger vans up to 9 seats,  All goods van and trucks up to GVW 3500kg and Lorries and trucks having 2 Axles and 4 Wheels

Peliyagoda to Katunayake: RS. 300
Ja-Ela to Katunayake: RS. 200
Peliyagoda to Ja-Ela:

Rs. 200


Vehicles Category 02

Van having seats over 9 seats and all buses over 9 seats and less than 33

Peliyagoda to Katunayake: Rs. 450
Ja-Ela to Katunayake: RS. 300
Peliyagoda to Ja-Ela: RS. 350


Vehicles Category 03

All buses over 33 seats, Lorries and trucks having 2 Axles and 6 Wheels and Lorries and trucks having GVW more than 17,000 kg

Peliyagoda to Katunayake: Rs. 600
Ja-Ela to Katunayake: Rs. 300
Peliyagoda to Ja-Ela: RS. 400


Vehicles Category 04

All vehicles having 4 or more axles and Combination Buses

Peliyagoda to Katunayake: Rs. 800
Ja-Ela to Katunayake: Rs. 300
Peliyagoda to Ja-Ela: Rs. 600


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