EOM&M Division

E01 - Southern Expressway (SE)

  • Gateway to the MiracleSouthern Expressway is the first link of the expressway network planned in Sri Lanka
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Traffic Data Tariff Schedule

Southern Expressway is the first link of the expressway network planned in Sri Lanka. It travers from Kottawa to Matara (126.1 km) and it was initially opened to public from Kottawa - Pinnaduwa (95.3 km) on 27th November 2011 and the extended section from Pinnaduwa - Godagama (30.8 km) has been opened to public on 15th March 2014.

Southern Expressway has nine interchanges in between Kottawa & Godagama interchanges; namely, Kahathuduwa, Gelanigama, Dodangoda, Welipenna, Kurundugahahethekma, Baddegama. Pinnaduwa, Imaduwa & Kokmaduwa interchange. This section consists of 4-lane capacity. The maximum operating speed for this section is 100 kmph. Expected Travel Time from Colombo to Matara through the Southern Expressway is 2hrs. It is expected to extend the Southern Expressway from Matara to Hambantota with the intention of linking Mattala Airport and Hambantota Harbour to the Commercial Capital, Colombo in future.

Benefits of Southern Expressway

  • Reduce travel time between Colombo to Matara.
  • Reduce traffic congestion on Colombo-Matara Road, and reduce delay costs, fuel costs there by contributing to national economy.
  • Attract private sector investors and there by contributing to expand the job market
  • Development of fisheries, agriculture, industries in the region.
  • Expand tourism presently confined to the coastal belt, along Colombo-Galle-Matara.
  • Development of Galle port.
  • Development of the towns belong to 11 interchanges as Economic Centers
  • Enhance the value of land and property in the region

Control Centers & Management Offices

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