EOM&M Division

E03 - Colombo-Katunayaka Expressway (CKE)

  • Colombo-Katunayake ExpresswayColombo-Katunayake Expressway is the third link of the Expressway network planned for the country.
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Katunayake Expressway is the third link of the Expressway network planned for the country. It is linking the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, with Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake, and Negombo city. Katunayake Expressway runs from New Kelani Bridge to Katunayake (25.8 km). The Expressway has 42 bridges and 88 culverts including a 480-meter long viaduct at Hunupitiya and an 800-metre viaduct at Katunayake. Construction of the highway began in October 2009, and it was opened on the 27th October 2013, By President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The total cost of the project is US $292 million. Exim Bank of China-funded US$ 248.2 million of the total cost and the government of Sri Lanka has spent US$ 45 million on the project.

There are three interchanges between the New Kelani bridge(NKB) access point and Katunayake Interchange. These interchanges are located at Peliyagoda, Ja-Ela, and Katunayake.

The Police Department will deploy around 500 personnel for duties along the Expressway, and a special Police Division has been formed for exclusive expressway duties.

The CK Expressway connects to the Outer Circular Highway in between JaEla & Peliyagoda Interchanges at its' southern end from the Kerawalapitiya System Interchange. The maximum speed limit is 100 km/

Benefits of Katunayake Expressway

  • Fast access between Bandaranaike International Air Port to Colombo City.
  • Reduce traffic congestion on Negambo-Colombo Road, and reduce delay costs, fuel costs there by contributing to national economy.
  • Attract international 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 Katunayake-Colombo.
  • Development of the towns belong to 4 interchanges as Economic Centers
  • Enhance the value of land and property in the region

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