New traffic plan to ease congestion, say police

Galle Road, Duplication Road uniflow extended to Dickmans Road

In a move to reduce traffic congestion within Colombo city, Traffic Police yesterday conducted a rehearsal of a new traffic plan to be implemented along Galle Road and Duplication Road. A senior police officer said they would decide on the implementation of the proposal on the outcome of the rehearsals.

The main feature of the new traffic plan is that, Galle Road is one way towards Kollupitiya junction from Dickman’s Road junction. Earlier Galle Road was one way towards Kollupitiya from Bambalapitiya junction.

Duplication Road will be one way from Kollupitiya junction up to Dickman’s Road. Earlier, it was one way up to Vajira Road. Highlights of the traffic plan:

  • Vehicles going towards Kollupitiya along Galle Road, can use Visakha Road, Vajira Road, Daisy Villa Avenue and Lauries Road to enter Duplication Road.
  • Bus Route No. 112 when entering Colombo via Havelock Road, will turn into Dickmans Road, then turn left at the Duplication Road-Dickmans Road junction and then turn right at Lorenz Road. At the top of Lorenz Road, they will turn right to enter Galle Road, to proceed towards Fort.
  • Bus Route No. 112, when leaving Colombo, will come along Duplication Road, turn left at Dickmans Road junction, and enter Havelock Road at the end of Dickmans Road, as it does now.
  • From Dickmans Road junction to Wellawatte, vehicles can travel in both directions on Duplication Road as well as Galle Road. Vehicles coming from Wellawatte can enter Duplication Road only via De Krester Place, Nandana Gardens and Lorenz Road.
  • Vehicles entering Galle Road from Duplication Road can only use Hildon Place, Mcleod Road and Lorenz Road. Vehicles can travel in both directions on Lorenz Road.
  • Vehicles coming from Thunmulla junction can enter Bauddhaloka Mawatha and proceed to Wellawatte through Duplication Road.
  • Travel along Bauddhaloka Mawatha and at Bauddhaloka Mawatha junction will be as usual.
New Traffic Plan Traffic Police try out a new traffic plan along Duplication Road upto Dickmans Road junction yesterday ahead of its implementation. Pic by Gemunu Wellage
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