Sri Lanka has decided to launch the feasibility study on the proposed Northern Expressway which will link Colombo capital with the once war torn northern district of Jaffna.
Accordingly, the contract for the consultancy services to carry out the feasibility studies for the phase 1 of this project will be awarded to SMEC International Private Limited of Australia.
Cabinet of Ministers have already given their approval to the move.
According to the acting project Director of the Northern Expressway, L.E.S. Weerakoon the proposed expressway will stretch through areas such as Kurungela and Dambulla, starting from Colombo.
The rest of the stretch is under consideration.
The expressway starting from Colombo (Enderamulla) is also expected to provide an extension to Kandy via an interchange that will come up in Pothupitiya.
Northern expressway is one of the six expressways identified for implementation in the “National Road Master Plan 2007-2017″.
Sri Lanka last year opened its first ever expressway linking capital Colombo with the southern city of Galle, within an hours time.
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