Construction work of 147 kilometer long A-5 highway linking Badulla in Uva Province to Chenkalady in the Eastern Province has been expedited.
The project is jointly funded by the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Sri Lankan government.
The first phase of the project will commence from Badulla to Bibile. The 60km segment is reconstructed by three contractors. The funding for this phase is provided by the OPEC Fund.
In the second phase, the existing road from Bibile to Chenkalady will be widened and carpeted as two lanes. Also, old bridges and culverts will be reconstructed and modernized. Funds for this phase will be provided by the Saudi Fund.
Under this project, six major cities of Badulla, Passara, Lunugala, Bibile, Padiyathalawa and Mahaoya will be developed.
The project is coordinated and supervised by the Road Development Authority.
The project is expected to boost the economy by enhancing people’s access to markets and social infrastructure such as schools and hospitals. The travel time would also be reduced due to the reduction of traffic congestion and it will ultimately reduce the travel cost benefiting passengers and industries.