Ten major bridges were renovated with Japanese assistance under the Major Bridges Construction Project of the National Road Network Package 1. A ceremony was held at the Polwathumodara Bridge in Matara on May 11 under the patronage of Highways and Road Development Ministry in this regard.
Japanese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Kenichi Suganuma and Project Management, Youth Affairs and Southern Development Minister Sagala Rathnayake and officials were present.The Japanese Government provided 12,381 million Japanese Yen (approximately LKR. 17,870 million) through the JICA to the project. Polwathumodara (two bridges), Goiyapana, Kathaluwa, Polwatta, Wellamadama, Koledanda, Kihimbi Ela, Deinipitiya and Denagama bridges were rehabilitated under the project.
These bridges were reconstructed using Japanese technology and methods with minimum disturbance to road users and nearby communities.The Japanese Government reconstructed many bridges in Sri Lanka including the Mannar Bridge and Manmunai Bridge, and it is now funding the new bridge across the Kelani River at Peliyagoda.