Speed limits and other restrictions enforced on Southern Expressway

Speed limits and other restrictions enforced on Southern Expressway

Written by Staff Writer

10 Oct, 2015 | 9:59 pm

The Road Development Authority says that all necessary steps would be taken to stabilise the mountainous area between Imaduwa and Kokmaduwa on the Southern Expressway which poses a risk of landslides.

S. Opanayake, Director of Expressway Operations and of the Maintenance Unit of the Authority stated that only one section of the road would be opened for traffic until the maintenance is complete.

The risk of landslide arose on the slope above the Imaduwa and Kokmaduwa on the first of this month. The Road Development Authority had to suspend vehicular movement on the road temporarily for five days.

A lane of the expressway was opened up for vehicular movement around 7 p.m. on Friday.

The Road Development Authority Director said that two lanes have been shut down, covering the area that is prone to landslides and two lanes on the opposite direction have been opened up for bi-lane vehicular movement. He added that they request the drivers to maintain a speed of 40 kilometres per hour, and to stick to the lanes that have been allocated.

He also says that they have requested the NBRO to expedite the activities, taking into consideration the inconvenience that is caused to the public. The general public pays a toll to use the expressway to reach their destinations, reducing the time spent navigating traffic on more congested routes.

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