The Central Expressway is a priority expressway project under the National Master Plan for 2007-2017 of the Government of Sri Lanka. Maga Engineering, CML-MTD, and VVK-Hovael joint-venture is tasked with constructing the central expressway Section 2 of 8.5km from Maditiyawala to the major town of Kurunegala.
One of the largest infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka, planned to cater to increasing demand and infrastructure burden from urbanisation and development trends. The Central Expressway will connect to the biggest and busiest highways in Sri Lanka: the E02 Colombo outer circular highway; E03 Colombo-Katunayake expressway; A3 Colombo-Puttalam road; A1 Colombo-Kandy road; A9 Kandy-Jaffna road; A6 Ambepussa-Kurunegala-Trincomalee road; and the A10 Katugastota-Kurunegala-Puttalam road.
Initiated in 2017, the project is divided into a series of packages, of which MAGA is working on an 8.5km stretch from Maditiyawala to Kurunegala. Scope of work includes earthwork and ground improvement work, and construction of associated structures such as interchanges, intersections, flyovers, underpasses, overpasses, viaducts, and piling.
On completion, the Central Expressway (E04) will stretch almost 100km, significantly reducing congestion on access roads between the Capital, Colombo, and the East coast and Central hill-country.