29 September 2009

Sri Lanka’s Longest Bridge to Open Shortly

27th September 2009, firstlanka.com

Construction work on Sri Lanka’s longest bridge is now nearing completion. It will be vested in the public soon.

Action on this bridge was initiated to link Trincomalee with Kinniya by building it under the Eastern Resurgence programme at the behest of the President, to overcome difficulties encountered by the people for a long period. It is the longest bridge that is under construction on the A-15 Highway.

Trincomalee is one of the main cities of the Eastern Province. Civilians frequently cross the Kinniya Lagoon to reach Kinniya and Muttur areas. They sought the support of a ferry. Its length is 396 metres and its width 10 metres. 7.4 metres has been allocated for the movement of vehicles while there are two pavements each 1.5 metres wide for the pedestrians.

The total cost of the bridge is 710 million rupees. The Government of Saudi Arabia is assisting. A Chinese Firm is handling the construction work.

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