The first phase of the Outer Circular Highway (OCH) from Kottawa to Kaduwela was declared open by President Mahinda Rajapaksa today.
The eleven kilometre Kottawa – Kaduwela section of the OCH has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 27 billion with financial assistance from Japan. This highway provides an orbital beltway to bypass the city of Colombo and reduce traffic congestion in the Western Province, and encourage the development of highly populated urban areas in the Western Province.
The objective of the OCH is to connect the Southern Expressway, the Katunayake – Colombo Expressway and Colombo – Kandy or Colombo-Northern Expressway enabling motorists using these roads to bypass Colombo to reach their destinations.
The OCH would provide alternative means for the public to reach their destinations without having to travel to Colombo, which can be time-consuming for motorists.
At Kottawa, Makumbura, the OCH will be connected to the Southern Expressway and also to the Colombo – Avissawella-Ratnapura-Badulla-Wellawaya A-4 road known as High Level Road.