The second phase of the Central Expressway from Mirigama to Kurunegala, the Athugalpura Entrance, was vested with the public today.
The ceremonial ribbon was cut by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa declaring open the 40.91km stretch with the public.
Several dignitaries, Ministers, and the public were present at the occasion.
The President was the first to enter the Expressway in a vehicle driven by Minister Namal Rajapaksa while Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was the second to enter the Mirigama-Kurunegala stretch in a vehicle driven by Minister Johnston Fernando.
Built to minimise environmental and social impacts, the expressway will bypass urban areas and pass through mainly vacant land.
The four-lane section of the road from Mirigama to Kurunegala is introduced as the most beautiful expressway section in the country.
The Central Expressway segment from Mirigama to Kurunegala includes five interchanges with toll counters at Mirigama, Nakalagamuwa, Dambokka, Kurunegala and Yaggapitiya.
This section of road was constructed by local contractors with local funds at a cost of Rs.137 billion.
The four-lane Colombo-Kandy Central Expressway is being completed under four segments.
The first quarter is from Kadawatha to Meerigama spanning 37.09 km, the second quarter from Mirigama to Kurunegala spanning 40.91km, the access road 9.7km running up to Ambepussa, the third quarter from Kurunegala, Pothuhera to Galagedara spanning 32.50km, and fourth quarter is from Kurunegala to Dambulla 60.30km in length.