Warakapola road construction to be expedited

Work on the construction of an alternative road from Warakapola town, parallel to the Colombo-Kandy Road is to be carried out expeditiously.

According to a Ministry of Highways press release, Chief Government Whip and Minister of Highways Johnston Fernando had instructed his Ministry Secretary R.W.R. Pemasiri and the relevant project director to do the needful in this regard.

The alternative road is to be constructed on the south side of the Colombo-Kandy Road from the Warakapola town. Minister Fernando had said that the Government has completed the process of acquiring lands for the project, with 98% of compensations having already been paid.

The construction is aimed at reducing congestion in the Warakapola town and Ambepussa area along the Colombo-Kandy main road due to the unavailability of an alternative road. Minister Fernando had pointed out that it takes an hour to travel from Colombo to Warakapola, but another hour just to travel the 2 km between Warakapola town and Ambepussa, which he has personally experienced.

As per the construction plan, the alternative road from the Warakapola town will be 2,350 m in length and 22.80 m in width. The special feature of the plan is the construction of a flyover spanning 550 m in length.

The construction of the alternative road from the Warakapola town is estimated to cost Rs. 4,111.16 million.

The Minister said that this project would not only solve the heavy traffic congestion in and around Warakapola town on the Colombo-Kandy Road, but also would help the development of the town itself.