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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1557

Sri Lanka: Bridge in Dehiwala Opened for Public

Anjana Jayashan reporting from Colombo
Colombo, 21 October, (

Bridge_in_Dehiwala.jpg Bridge in Dehiwala was opened this morning (October 21) for public by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The flyover in Dehiwala is the fourth flyover constructed in Colombo.

Highways and Road Development Minister T.B. Ekanayake said that the new bridge will pave the way for easy movement of 40,000 vehicles daily.

He also said that it was a common scene that heavy traffic congestion during rush hours on the Galle road at the Dehiwala junction and the government went for this mega development work at a cost of Rs.920 million which has been funded by the UK Government.

The two-lane flyover is 337 meters in length and 7.35 meters in width. Construction of the flyover commenced on July 7 of this year. Mabey and Johnson Company of the UK and Access Engineering Ltd in Sri Lanka handled the construction work which was supervised by the Road Development Authority.

Meanwhile, President Mahinda Rajapaksa opened the Sri Lanka’s longest bridge, the Kinniya bridge in Trincomalee yesterday (October 20) which was built at a cost of Rs.790 million. Three hundred and ninety six meter long and 10 meter wide bridge linked Trincomalee with Kinniya enabling civilians to cross the Kinniya lagoon to reach Kinniya and Muttur areas. It provides 7.4 meters width for vehicles and 1.5 meters for pedestrians.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa also commissioned the Irakkandi bridge constructed at a cost of Rs. 713 million. The Irakkandi bridge, which is 300 meters in length, spans the Irrakkandi Lagoon. It is seven meters wide with two lanes for pedestrians of 1.5 meters.


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