Sri Lanka’s Access Engineering commences work on flyover in Colombo
Sri Lanka’s Access Engineering PLC (AEL) has reportedly commenced work on the flyover project in Slave Island in Colombo, after receiving official blessings from the country’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa via a virtual ceremony recently.
AEL, which has been recognized as a pioneer in the flyover construction in Sri Lanka, is to build a flyover connecting Baladaksha Mawatha and the Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mawatha, going over the railway track and Beira Lake in Slave Island.
According to reports, Slave Island is a very busy commercial area with many Government offices, restaurants, hospitals, corporate offices, cinemas, religious places, and residencies and the area has also become the centre of real estate development projects in Colombo with many recent iconic development projects, namely Colombo Waterfront Integrated Resort, ITC Colombo One, Shangri La, Destiny Mall and Residency, and Tata Housing.
The road network through the Slave Island area plays a vital role in connecting the southern part of the Colombo city with the economic hub of Colombo (Fort and Pettah areas), and is highly congested during peak hours serving the traffic inwards and outwards, local media reports stated.
The Road Development Authority (RDA) has reportedly identified that traffic congestion in the area could be eased off by providing a connecting road with three flyovers in Slave Island, one which AEL has been commissioned to construct.
The project involves an erection of a 360 metre-long steel flyover comprising two 3.5 metre-wide lanes carriageway for one-way traffic and a 2 metre-wide two-way pedestrian path. The flyover will be built on pile foundations with a six-span steel superstructure.
AEL has joined hands with Spanish Engineering Company Centunion S.A., which handles the super structure designs and provides consultancy services for the project, while fellow subcontractor Master Hellie’s Engineering Consultants Ltd. oversees geometrical designs, local media reports have added.
Sri Lanka has placed the development of the country’s road network and connectivity at high priority as it plays a direct impact on Sri Lanka’s path to development. The ongoing development programme is aimed at taking the country to the next level of development. Sri Lanka is also an emerging business destination in the South Asian region given it’s geographical positioning in the Indian ocean and the many trade agreements as well as trade concessions enjoyed by the country. The country’s development programme, especially upgrading the country’s connectivity has opened up many business opportunities in Sri Lanka’s road and highways development programme. Foreign businesses could therefore explore business opportunities in Sri Lanka’s development programme, especially in the sector of roads and highways development.
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