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Road Development Authority launches probe into Central Expressway beam collapse

May 07, Colombo (LNW): The Road Development Authority (RDA) has commenced a special investigation into the collapse of a concrete beam along the Kadawatha to Mirigama stretch of the Central Expressway, which was under construction and subsequently halted.

According to the Chairman of the Road Development Authority, a comprehensive report on the matter is expected imminently.

On Sunday (05), at approximately 5:45 PM, a concrete beam collapsed on the Central Expressway section between Kadawatha and Mirigama, specifically in the Kadaoluwawa area in Bemmulla.

The collapsed concrete beam, measuring around 35 metres in length, poses a significant concern for the ongoing construction project within this 17 kilometre section of the Central Expressway.

Similar constructions along this route are under scrutiny, with two additional beams reportedly identified as being in a precarious condition.

A senior official from the Road Development Authority has instructed the project director to furnish a detailed report addressing the incident, which will delve into construction delays and potential errors in the construction process.

Forensic experts from the Sri Lanka Police visited the site this afternoon to conduct an on-site investigation following allegations of sabotage by a certain group.

However, definitive explanations regarding the cause of the collapse have yet to be provided by relevant stakeholders.

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