President Maithripala Sirisena vested the Rajagiriya flyover with the public yesterday, providing a long-term solution to the heavy traffic congestion in the Rajagiriya area.
Even though the construction work of the flyover was scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, steps were taken under the guidance of the President to complete the construction work 11 months ahead of schedule for the convenience of the public.
The construction work of the flyover commenced in 2016, jointly by a Spanish company and a local company. It was built at a cost of Rs. 4,700 million.
The length of the flyover is 533 metres and the width, 21.4 metres, and consists of a total of four lanes - two lanes each way.
In parallel to this project, several roads around the Rajagiriya area will be developed and an alternative road towards Narahenpita will be developed.
The road towards Buthgamuwa will be developed with a total of three lanes, according to the Highways Ministry.
The flyover was built using high standard modern technology as well as in accordance with high quality engineering.
This will add to our roadways history as the first flyover constructed by filling concrete surfaces on metal.
During the times of heavy traffic congestion in Rajagiriya, the speed of vehicles moving on this road is slower than 2 kilometres per hour. With the opening of the flyover, the speed limit of vehicles will increase by eight-fold.