National Highways in Sri Lanka

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SPEED  Limit and   Roads Classification in Sr Lanka

All roads in Sri Lanka are divided into five Classes and several sub-Classes
     1.   Express ways
All expressways has a  number beginning with 'E’
     2.  National Roads 
 National roads are divided into two Classes, Class ‘A’, Roads, and Class ‘B’ Roads.
 ‘Class A’ Roads are divide in to three Sub Classes
        Class AA, or A.
        Class AB,
        Class AC
All these are named and numbered
    3.  Provincial Roads.
Provincial Roads are divided into Two Classes, Class ‘C’, and Class ‘D’. Provincial Roads are named and unnumbered
    4.  Local Authority Roads E
Local roads are named and unnumbered
     5.  Other Roads
 Roads are unnumbered
 Following table describes some information about roads in Sri Lanka

Road types in Sri Lanka
Type Class Description Administration Max Speed
Express ways E Connecting major cities, Ports Ministry of Highways
and Road
Development RDA
80/100/120 Kmph * please see note below
National Roads  A AA Connecting major cities  Ministry of Highways
and Road
Development - RDA
20-25-30-35 mph   
32-40-48-65  kmph
* please see note below    
B Roads connecting major
urban areas
Provincial Roads  Major feeder roads  Ministry of Provincial
Councils & Local
Government  - PRDA
D Minor feeder roads
Local Authority Roads Local roads
Other Roads   Not Classified Plantation, forest, irrigation, roads Ministry of Rural
Development (MORD)
Private Company,
Set by administration/Motor traffic

All information can be obtained from Road Development Authority - Sri Lanka

Motor traffic act :- section 140
 (1) A motor coach, or a lorry having a tare exceeding one ton, shall not be driven-
(a) on any highway within an urban area, at a greater speed than twenty miles per hour, or
(b) on any highway outside an urban area, at a greater speed than twenty-five miles per hour.
(2) A motor vehicle of any class or description, to which subsection (1) does not apply, shall not be driven-
(a) on any highway within an urban area, at a greater speed than thirty miles per hour; or
(b) on any highway outside an urban area, at a greater speed than forty miles per hour.
See also  Section 141,142.

Sri Lanka Numbered Highways

 Class "E" Roads

E 01  Southern Expressway Kottawa to Pinnaduwa (Galle)
 More details
E 03 Katunayake Expressway Colombo to Katunayake
More details
Northern Expressway  - proposed expressway Colombo - Kandy - Jaffna     
OCH (Outer circular Highway) -  Kottawa - Kaduwela - Kadawatha - Enderamulla - Kerawalapitiya

 Class "AA" Roads

AA 00   Kollupitiya - Sri Jayewardenepura 7.12km
AA 01  Colombo - Kandy 115.85km
AA 02  Colombo - Galle - Hambantota - Wellawaya 317.7km
AA 03  Peliyagoda - Puttalam 126.3km
AA 04  Colombo - Ratnapura - Wellawaya - Batticaloa 430.5km
AA 05  Peradeniya - Badulla - Chenkaladi 275.5km
AA 06  Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Trincomalee 199km
AA 07  Avissawella - Hatton - Nuwara Eliya 118.7km
AA 08  Panadura - Nambapana - Ratnapura 67.8km
AA 09  Kandy - Jaffna 321km
AA 10  Katugastota - Kurunegala - Puttlam 124.5km
AA 11  Maradankadawela Habarana Tirikkondiadimadu 129.4km
AA 12  Puttalam - Trincomalee 7km
AA 13  Galkulama - Anuradhapura 16.6km
AA 14  Medawachchiya - Mannar - Talaimannar 113.8km
AA 15  Batticaloa - Tirikkondiadimadu - Trincomalee 130.8km 
AA 16  Beragala - Hali-Ela 40.4km
AA 17  Galle - Deniyaya - Madampe 144km
AA 18  Pelmadulla - Embilipitiya - Nonagama 87.6km
AA 19  Polgahawela -Kegalle 11.6km
AA 20  Anuradhapura - Rambewa 14.5km
AA 22  Passara - Moneragala 34.11km
AA 23  Wellawaya - Ella - Kumbalwela 30.5km
AA 24  Matara - Akuressa 20.1km
AA 25  Siyambalanduwa - Damana - Ampara 57.1km
AA 26  Kandy - Mahiyangana - Padiyatalawa 105.2km
AA 27  Ampara - Uhana - MahaOya 57.9km
AA 28  Anuradhapura - Padeniya 84.4km
AA 29  Vavuniya - Horowopotana 46.0km
AA 30  Vavuniya - Parayanalankulam 35.8km
AA 31  Karativu - Ampara 24.1km
AA 32  Navakkuli - Kerativu - Mannar 98.3km
AA 33  Ja-Ela - Ekala - Gampaha - Yakkala 17.1km
AA 34  Mankulam - Mullaitivu 49.2km
AA 35  Paranthan - Kachchai - Mullaitivu 52.1km

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