In yesterday's Ceylon Today newspaper, it was confirmed that the 30km extension of the Colombo-Galle expressway will be opened in the first week of March 2014, reducing the journey time from Galle to Matara from just over an hour to 15 minutes. Along with the recent opening of the expressway from the airport to the northern boundary of Colombo, this will reduce journey times to The Teak House to less than three hours.
Matara extension to be opened on 31 January
by Ravi Ladduwahetty
The Colombo-Galle Southern Expressway’s 30-kilometre extension to Matara will be declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on 31 January.
Plans are also afoot to extend the highway to Kataragama.
“The work of this Rs 18 billion extension, the second phase of the project will be completed end January to be opened on 31 January, Highways Minister Nirmala Kotalawala told Ceylon Today.
The cost was inclusive of three intersections at Galle, Weligama and Godagama in Matara and a large number of bridges making the time for the Galle to Matara trek a mere 15 minutes, he said.
The funding for the project is 80% from the Government of China and the remainder from the Treasury. The lead contractor is China Engineering Co. Ltd while there is a consortium of others as well. The government will be gazetting the toll rates, which will be from Colombo to Matara and any motorist will have the discretion of starting and departing from any point between Kottawa and Matara.
Minister Kotalawala also said that the Kottawa to Kaduwela stretch will also be ready by the time the Matara extension will be ready
The Fishermen are back!
Whilst we are unable to visit, we are thrilled to 'see' that the itinerant fishermen are back on our beach.
The Southern Expressway is now open to within 15 minutes of The Teak House
After a wait of 17 years, we are delighted to let you know that the final section of the Southern Expressway was vested a week ago! It will now take between 2 and 2 and a half hours to travel the 234km from Colombo Airport to The Teak House. It is expressway all the way but the last 15 minutes.
Extending our low season pricing
In light of the terrible impact on tourism since the horrific attacks of Easter Sunday, we have extended our low season pricing across the summer months. There will never be a more affordable time to visit this enchanted isle.
The Tangalle Riviera
Tangalle Riviera is written up in The Sunday Times
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