President Maithripala Sirisena vested the Rajagiriya flyover with the public today (January 08), providing a long term solution for the heavy traffic congestion in the Rajagiriya area.
Even though the construction works 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 works 11 months ahead of the schedule for the convenience of the public.
The construction works of the flyover commenced in the year 2016 jointly by a Spanish company and a local company. Rs. 4,700 million was the cost of this project.
The total length of the flyover is 533 meters and the total width, 21.4 meters, and comprises of 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 as well as the road towards Buthgamuwa will be developed with a total of three lanes.
The flyover built using high standard modern technology as well as in accordance with high quality engineering, and this will be added to our roadways history as the first flyover constructed filling concrete surfaces on metal. This is also the most beautiful flyover in Sri Lanka. During the times of heavy traffic congestion in Rajagiriya, the speed of the vehicles moving on this road is slower than 2 kilometers per hour and it is expected after the completion of this flyover the speed limits of the vehicles to be increased by eightfold.
The President and the Prime Minister cutting the ribbon amidst chanting of Seth Pirith by the Maha Sangha declared open the flyover. President Sirisena also unveiled a plaque to mark opening of the flyover.
Addressing the gathering, the President said that this flyover can be considered as one of the most significant road development projects expeditiously completed by the present Government for the benefit of the people.
President Sirisena recalled that the people of this country elected him as the Head of State on January 8, 2015 to commence a new journey ending an era where democracy, freedom, social rights and fundamental rights were deteriorated. The President also said that he was able to elevated the image of Sri Lanka at internationally, while overcoming many challenges which obstruct the taking forward of the country during the past three years.
President Sirisena suggested that it is appropriate to name this flyover to honour Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, who was one of the pioneers in the January 08 revolution.