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Sunday, 22 July 2012





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Six major bridges chain-link A-15 Highway in East


Six newly constructed major bridges in the East serve the local people and the nation on their march towards development today.

The longest bridge in Sri Lanka, the 396-meter long Kinniya bridge, is of immense boost to the economy since its opening in 2009. Today, it serves the people to get across the Kinniya lagoon to reach Kinniya and Muttur areas along the A15 highway. The bridge is 10 metres wide with two pavements, each 1.5 metres wide, for the pedestrians. The bridge was constructed by a Chinese firm under the supervision of the Road Development Authority.

Five bridges were opened on one and the same day in Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts, constructed under the 'Neganahira Nawodaya' (Eastern Revival) Program. The bridges were 315 metre long Upparu bridge, constructed at a whopping cost of Rs. 995 million, 245-metre long Gangai bridge at a cost of Rs. 956 million, 175-metre long Ralkuli bridge, Rs. 571 million, 105-metre Verugal bridge, Rs. 250 million and the 85- metre long Kayankeni bridge constructed at a cost of Rs. 202 million.

All the five bridges saddle along the Trincomalee-Batticaloa A-15 Road which replaced the ferry services which people and the vehicles got-across. The bridges were constructed with funds from the Government and with the assistance received from the Government of France.

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