The study on the 29-km Outer Circular Highway (OCH) has resumed, a spokesman for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said. The OCH is a highway which will connect Kottawa with Kerawalapitiya and will reduce traffic congestion in and around Colombo as it will link several trunk roads and expressways, namely the Southern Expressway, the Kandy-Colombo Expressway and the Colombo Katunayake Expressway.
Studies by JICA on the 12-kilometre section from Kottawa to Kaduwela havebeen completed and is with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) for appraisal and funding.
The second section which is 8.5 km in length will connect Kaduwela to Kadawatha and also include an interchange for the Colombo-Kandy (A1) Road with a bypass and intercharge for the Kelaniya-Mudungoda (B214) road at Biyagama.
This section is also expected to be funded by JBIC, the spokesman added. Designing for the final section of the OCH from Kadawatha to Kerawalapitiya, a distance of nine kilometers is to be carried out by the Sri Lankan government, he concluded.