For almost two decades the policy of the Sri Lankan Government has been to Rehabilitate and maintain the existing road systems found within the country. Little to no effort was used to improve upon or construct new roads to complement the new rise in vehicles. Sri Lanka has experienced a rapid growth in Vehicle imports into the country in the past 5 years making the roads more and more congested and making it virtually impossible to navigate through some cities during rush hour. This has lead to various new traffic plans which aim to ease the traffic flow into and out of the city of Colombo. The government has now realized that there is a shortage of capacity to meet the demands of this new influx of vehicles.
The Government together with the Road Development Authority (RDA) carried out several renovating and expansion projects on several major roads and highways. This became a highly tedious and daunting task which involved large-scale acquisition and demolition of buildings as well as relocation of important service utilities. In order to find a permanent solution The RDA has proposed a number of highway and expressway solutions to the government.The Outer Circular Highway (OCH) to the city of Colombo is one such expressway proposed. Upon completion, this expressway will offer direct access to all “A” class roads as well as provide access to current as well as proposed expressways at the interchanges. The OCH will be used as the basis for the entire network of Highways and expressways in the country.The Outer Circular Highway (OCH) project was the result of several studies carried out in the early 90′s as well as a feasibility study carried out in 1999 under the assistance of the Japanese Government. Although according to this study 9 alternative road tracks had been identified, the alignment that passes through Kerawelapitiya, Mattumagala, Kadawatha, Hewagama, Makumbura (Kottawa), Rerukana and Nalluruwa was recommended as the most appropriate alignment for the project.
The OCH was designed with one main objective in mind. That is to disperse traffic congestion and encourage and direct development and and investment away from the city of Colombo to other areas of the country to achieve a better balance of growth. Apart from this the successful completion of this project would also provide the following benefits:
Read more about the highways : the logistical bloodlines of the country