Katunayake Expressway (Sneak Preview)

Posted by on 29 January 2013
Katunayake Expressway Under Construction

We were heading to Negombo and looking for the coastal road. Instead, where Google Maps showed a navigable motorway, we saw instead a huge construction site. This was the Katunayake Expressway, currently under construction.

The road is elevated and you can drive along a canal right under it. There are no on-ramps yet, just a packed dirt hill. Finding no other way to get around the thing, we decided to just get on it.

Katunayake Expressway Under Construction

So here are some photos of some of the first civilians to drive the Katunayake Expressway. It looks like it will be beautiful - catching glimpses of the lagoon and some stunning sunsets - and fast and wide. The project is due to be completed this August and should reduce travel time from Colombo to the Airport to 20 minutes.

Katunayake Expressway Under Construction

Right now we were only able to travel about 400 meters (the wrong way) before some friendly construction workers honked for us to turn around. We didn't want to end our trip Thelma And Louise style off a cliff so we got back onto the main road.

We're looking forward to the highway, but the best road round those parts (for touring at least) remains the Old Colombo coastal road. We'll have a post on that tomorrow.


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  • D

    Do you know if this would be connected to the SEW from Kottawa in August or near future?

    31 January 2013 01:42 PM Reply
  • Steve

    do not enter construction roads…still its not up tp standard…
    use baseline on -peliyagoda link…
    google not yet updated …carefull cross check with map book.

    03 February 2013 08:58 AM Reply
  • Steve

    will be sooner ….cannot commit…lol
    use regular one till it finished…hope will be finish sooner as baseline teribble traffic…
    good luck with new road…

    03 February 2013 08:59 AM Reply
  • sack

    "Do you know if this would be connected to the SEW from Kottawa in August or near future?"

    http://www.mohsl.gov.lk/web/index.php ?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=59&lang=en

    This has all the info about highways or expressways currently underway in the country. But it seems that it will take some years to finish the Outer circular highway which will connect the southern and katunayaka highways (including the Kandy highway) together.

    19 February 2013 01:25 AM Reply