Home / News/ RDA Chief says full benefit of Rajagiriya fly over will be felt soon

RDA Chief says full benefit of Rajagiriya fly over will be felt soon

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:00



Road Development Authority (RDA) Chairman Nihal R. Sooriyarachchi has said that it is too early to comment on the success or failure of the Rajagiriya flyover, opened recently with a cost of Rs. 4.7 billion but assured the full benefit would be realised soon. 

In a statement he said it was natural to expect heavy traffic attraction during first few days after opening the facility. “In a network of roads when one link is improved traffic attraction and diversion take place for two to three weeks until it come to an equilibrium. Some finishing works are still in progress under the flyover and outside the flyover. Traffic was allowed on the flyover to expedite this work and ease traffic congestion to some extent than which prevailed during the closure of those traffic lanes for construction. This interim measure aims at early completion of total work and ease traffic progressively. Further improvement will be seen in few weeks accordingly.”

The RDA Chairman thanked all the stakeholders of the area especially the trading community in Rajagiriya who gave their full support in the land acquisition process which allowed the RDA to construct both sides of the flyover simultaneously. As a result the RDA has saved 11 months in the original works program while maintaining the best quality of construction.

“Present bottlenecks such as Ayurveda Junction were foreseen. The work required to overcomethis is underway with new roads connecting the Parliament Road (in front of McDonald) with the Nawala-Narahenpita road being done to take the Narahenpita bound traffic without loading the Ayurveda Junction. Further connection from Devi Balika Junction to Elvitigala Mawatha (without loading Kanatte roundabout) is also in progress. In addition to these some identified internal roads in the area are being renovated to divert traffic leading to Parliament Road,” the RDA said.

“These improvements will ease the traffic congestion on Parliament Road. We assure that the full benefit of the flyover could be experienced in near future,” the RDA Chairman added.

Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

Poignant pondering on a patriarch

Monday, 22 April 2019

Almost five months have gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickre

Enemies of democracy – Part I Demand for a strongman to rule the country

Monday, 22 April 2019

I posed the following question to a group of university students recently: ‘Do you desire to have a strongman to rule Sri Lanka today?’ The students, made up of both genders in the age group of 25 to 35, chorused the answer in the affirmative. Wh

The sad demise of Jet Airways

Monday, 22 April 2019

Jet Airways of India, once the premier full-service carrier of the sub-continent, has ceased operations. “Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and auth

No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch

Columnists More