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Sri Lanka currently has over 150 kilometres (93 mi) of designated expressways serving the southern part of the country. The first stage of the E01 Expressway (Southern Expressway) which opened in 2011 was Sri Lanka's first expressway spanning a distance of 95.3 kilometres (59.2 mi). The second stage of the Southern Expressway opened in 2014 and extends to Matara. The E03 Expressway (Colombo–Katunayake Expressway) opened in 2013 and connects Sri Lanka's largest city Colombo with the Bandaranaike International Airport covering a distance of 25.8 kilometres (16.0 mi). The newest expressway is the Outer-circular Expressway from Kaduwela to Kottawa to the E01 southern expressway. All E-Grade highways in Sri Lanka are access-controlled, toll roads with speeds limits in the range of 80–110 kilometres per hour (50–68 mph). Pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, three wheelers and tractors are not permitted to enter the expressways.[1] The network is to be expanded to 350 kilometres (220 mi) by 2019.

Expressways in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Expressway Symbol
System information
Length353.7 km (219.8 mi)
Formed27 November 2011 (2011-11-27)
NotesLength by 2019
Highway names
Expressways:Expressway X (E X)
System links
Expressways of Sri Lanka

ITS (Intelligent Transportation System) systems are being installed presently. ETC Electronic Toll Collection systems are being installed on the Southern Expressway while the Colombo-Katunayeke Expressway system is functional.


Road Number Name Route Length (km) Length (mi) Opened Notes Bus Routes
E01 Southern Expressway (Colombo–Matara Expressway) Kottawa-Matara[2] 128 80 2011 (Kottawa-Galle) opened in 2011; (Galle-Matara) opened in 2014. A subsequent extension to Hambantota (via three stages: Matara-Beliatta, Beliatta-Wetiya, Mattala-Hambantota) is underconstruction in order to connect the expressway with the Mattala Airport.[3] To be opened in 2019 Matara, Deniyaya, Embilipitiya, Galle, Elpitiya, Matugama, Kalawana, Panadura from Colombo, Maharagama, Kaduwela, Kadawatha
E02 Outer Circular Expressway Kottawa-Kerawalapitiya 29.2 18.1 2014 and 2015 (Kottawa-Kaduwela) opened in 2014; (Kaduwela-Kadawatha) opened in 2015; (Kadawatha-Kerawalapitiya) to be opened in 2019
E03 Colombo–Katunayake Expressway New Kelani Bridge-Katunayake[4] 25.8 16.0 2013 (Colombo-Katunayake) opened in 2013 Katunayake, Negombo, Chilaw, Kuliyapitiya, Puttalam, Anuradapura from Colombo
E04 Central Expressway or Sri Dalada Highway [5] Kadawatha-Katugastota 98.9 61.5 Stage 2 - Meerigama (37.1km) to Kurunegala (76.8km) to be opened in 2019
E06 Ruwanpura Expressway Kahathuduwa-Pelmadulla 71.8 44.6 Proposed - to be completed in 2019


Southern Expressway (E01)Edit

Katunayake (E03)Edit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "EOM&M Division". Retrieved 2017-05-13.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-03-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-21. Retrieved 2013-10-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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