Initial plans made for the proposed Kandy Expressway have been changed because hilly areas are an obstruction to the expressway having direct access from Ambepussa to Kandy, the Ministry of Ports and Highways said.
“According to our amended plans the Expressway will start in Kurunegala and move via Pothuhera and Mawathagam to Kandy,” it said.
The Ministry said the change in plans had delayed construction work on the expressway and even the newly proposed route was still at the planning stage with land evaluations being carried out.
The interchange to the expressway would be at Pothuhera, a few kilometers from Kurunegala.
The Expressway from Pothuhera to Kandy is 52 kilometers.
Meanwhile the Ministry said feasibility studies for the Northern expressway had been completed and the acquisition of land and other planning work was now in progress.
It said the Proposed Northern Expressway would be constructed in four stages. The Northern expressway will start at Kurunegala to Dambulla via Melsiripura and Galewela. From Dambulla the Expressway will veer towards Jaffna in the North and Trincomalee in the East.