OCH from Kaduwela to Kadawatha opens on Sept 17
September 16, 2015 10:52 am
The second stage of the Outer Circular Highway (OCH) from Kaduwela to Kadawatha will be opened for the public from 9.00pm on Thursday (September 17).
The extension of the expressway will be ceremonially opened by the Minister of University Education and Highways Lakshman Kiriella.
Vehicles will be able to reach Matara from Kaduwela in one and a half hours with the opening of the extension of the OCH.
The 8.9 kilometre Kaduwela – Kadawatha stretch of the OCH was constructed to connect the Southern Expressway, the Katunayake-Colombo Expressway and Colombo-Kandy or Colombo-Northern Expressway, to enable motorists using these roads to bypass Colombo to reach their destinations.
Construction of the second phase of the OCH from Kaduwela to Kadawatha began in 2012 at an estimated cost of Rs. 44 billion. The cost included, construction of five overpass bridges and the 250 metre long 6-lane bridge over the Kelani River.
The four-lane Expressway will have three toll office buildings and six toll plazas.
The OCH would provide alternate means for the public to reach their destinations without having to travel to Colombo, which could be time-consuming for motorists.