The Southern Expressway is Sri Lanka’s first E-class highway. It connects key urban centres like Colombo, Galle, and Matara. Sri Lanka’s highways serve as arteries for economic growth, supporting planned urbanisation and national development.
Extension of the highway to Hambantota, location of Sri Lanka’s second largest port, was initiated in 2015. Under the main contractor CATIC, MAGA spearheads a portion of the first league of expansion, constructing 8.5km of a four-lane between Matara and Beliatta. The extension is expected to improve the flow of goods and people across the Southern Districts, reduce congestion in the biggest cities, and act as a catalyst for improvement of industries and services required for socio-economic development of the region.
MAGA’s scope of work includes earthwork and ground improvement work, and construction of associated structures such as interchanges, intersections, flyovers, underpasses, and overpasses. Extensive soft-ground treatment is expected as the highway traverses marshy areas and flood plains.
Once complete, the Southern Expressway (E01) will stretch more than 200km, linking some of the largest, fastest growing, and most scenic cities along Sri Lanka’s southern coastline.