| Katugastota|| 99 km|
| Kadawatha E03 Colombo - Katunayake Expressway|
The Central Expressway, also known as the Colombo–Kandy Expressway is a proposed road project that will link the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, with Kandy. It will essentially duplicate the route of the A1 Road (Colombo-Kandy Road).
The idea was originally proposed by the UNP government under Ranil Wickremesinghe. In 2002, a Malaysian company has had discussions with the then United National Party (UNP) government over the Kandy-Colombo Expressway.However the project was not able to commence due to the elections and the fall of the UNP government. The expressway was supposed to connect the Western Region Megapolis project with the "Greater Kandy Development Project" both projects were also cancelled after the fall of the governmen.
In November 2013 the Project Minister for Highways announced that construction work on the expressway now known as the Northern Expressway would commence in January 2015. The first phase of the works will link the E03 expressway at Kadawatha through to Kurunegala via Ederamulla and Meerigama. The next stage will see the road extended to Katugastota in Kandy. The Minister advised that the expressway would be built in three stages with financial assistance from China.
On the 14 December 2014 the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, launched the construction of the expressway by laying a foundation stone at the Senkadagala entrance of the expressway. The total cost of the expressway is estimated to be approximately Rs.200 billion and the works are scheduled to be completed by 2018. After the new government came into power in 2015, expressway was once again was named as the Central expressway, canceling the Northern part and expanding the project to Dambulla and Kegglle. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe launched the construction of the expressway by laying a foundation stone In February 2017 and the 1st phase is to be completed in 30 months.
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Construction of the Northern expressway will be carried out in two phases: Phase 1 - a 48.2 km section from Kadawatha to Ambepussa; and Phase 2 - a 50.7 km section between Ambepussa and Katugastota.
A third phase is also planned extending the expressway from Pallendeniya to Dambulla, connecting through to the A9 highway from Dambulla to Jaffna.
The construction of first stage from Kadawatha to Ambepussa will be a four lane divided carriageway (with room for a future two lanes) for a length of 48.2 km (30.0 mi). There are proposed to be interchanges at Kadawatha, Gampaha, Balabowa and Meerigama, with fifty overpasses and thirty underpasses along the route. The initial estimated cost of Phase One was approx. Rs. 70.0bn, with more recent costs estimated at Rs. 130bn.Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe launched the construction of the expressway by laying a foundation stone in August 2015 for this phase.
Construction of the second stage of the project from Ambepussa to Katugastota, will also be a four-lane divided carriageway for a length of 50.7 km (31.5 mi), with thirty overpasses and five underpasses. Interchanges are proposed at Dewalegama, Rambukkana, Hetharaliyadda and Hedeniya. The tentative cost of construction for Phase Two is Rs. 90.0bn. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe launched the construction of the expressway by laying a foundation stone in February 2017 for this Phase and will be completed in 2019. This Phase will be totally completed by local construction companies for the 1st time in Sri Lanka.