The old bridge of Katugastota was commissioned for the transportation of Sri Lanka on 1st of March 1860, during British colonial rule by Governor Henry Ward. It is said that the Governor had organized a dinner dance on the bridge that day.
|On the right bank of Mahaweli. The old bridge (right) and the new (left).|
|The plaque on the old bridge.|
The plaque says:
RECONSTRUCTED IN 1939
THE GOVERNMENT FACTORY
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
HON'BLE MAJOR J.L.KOTELAWALA
MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS & WORKS
KENNETH DE KRESTER
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
The new bridge of Katugastota was declared open by President Mahinda Rajapakse on 26th July 2009.
The old bridge is still used by pedestrians who like to avoid the traffic on the new bridge. The old bridge is a good place to take a leisure walk and have a look at the river because there's no more traffic over it now. St. Antony's College is situated right at the Kandy-end of the old bridge. Therefore sometimes a few vans or three-wheelers that belong to visitors of the College can be seen parked on it.
|Evening on the old bridge Katugastota.|
The old bridge looks tired and resting, while the new bridge keeps securely holding the heavy traffic over the Mahaweli.