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New Kelani Bridge ready by July - Minister

Highways Minister Johnston Fernando at the site.
Highways Minister Johnston Fernando at the site.

The new Kelani Bridge in Peliyagoda could be opened in July this year, Highways Minister Johnston Fernando said yesterday.

The cost of the new Kelani Bridge in Peliyagoda, the first bridge to run on high-tech cables, is estimated to cost Rs. 4148.9 million. Despite the COVID-19 situation, the project is nearing completion and will be vested in the public in July.

The Minister made these comments after inspecting the new Kelani Bridge yesterday. It was mentioned that although the Colombo-Katunayake expressway is functioning, the capacity of the bridge is insufficient for vehicles entering or exiting Colombo.

In 2014, preliminary plans for the new Kelani Bridge project were drawn up and agreements were signed under the leadership of then President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The new Kelani Bridge project starts from the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway at the Peliyagoda Bridge Junction and ends at the Orugodawatta Junction and Port Access Junction.

The bridge has six lanes from the end of the Colombo - Katunayake Expressway to the Bandaranaike Roundabout and will be four lanes from there on to Orugodawatta, Ingurukade Junction and the Port entrance. At present the progress of construction is 89%. The length of the bridge section across the Kelani River is 380 meters. The bridge is being constructed in two packages. The first package, the steel output bridge section, will cost Rs. 31,593 million, while the second package, the concrete suspension bridge section, will cost Rs. 9,896 million.

In addition to the new Kelani Bridge, the port access road and the expressway to Athurugiriya are expected to be completed soon, he said.