The Matara to Hambantota extension of the Southern Expressway will be opened for vehicle traffic from 23rd February 2020, Government MP Namal Rajapaksa revealed.
“The Matara-Mattala-Hambantota #Expressway is scheduled to be opened on 23rd Feb under the patronage of H.E. @GotabayaR & PM @PresRajapaksa This extension will connect the country’s two main ports & airports enabling easy transfer of goods & passengers. #SriLanka #lka” MP Namal Rajapaksa tweeted.
Construction of the 96km long extension of the Southern Expressway consists of four phases. The first phase covers a 30 km section from Matara to Beliatta while a 26 km section from Beliatta to Barawakumbuka is in the second phase and 15 km from Barawakumbuka to Andarawewa in the third and 25 km from Andarawewa to Hambantota and Mattala in the fourth stage.
“The former Government had opened the extension of Southern Expressway prior to the completion of constructions. We observed several issues in this regard. Yet our Government is expected to complete construction work of Southern expressway extension from Matara to Hambantota in the first quarter of this year.” Highways Minister Johnston Fernando said in January.
Source – NewsWire (www.newswire.lk)