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Traffic Alert Contest Winners

Thank you for taking part in our 'Fight the traffic and win great prizes' contest. The contest has ended and now it's time to announce the winners. Selecting the winners wasn't easy. In fact it was very difficult. There were so many worthy entries and selecting a few from among them ...

March 11, 2016, 7:13 a.m.   traffic , contest , winners

Fight the traffic and win great prizes.

Fight the traffic and win great prizes. ...

Feb. 23, 2016, 10:49 a.m.   Traffic , Contest

New Traffic App

It' finally here. THe new version of the road.lk traffic app is now in beta and there is a surprise gift for the first 1000 downloaders of the beta version.  road.lk android app was originally a combination of the traffic alert system and a GPS tracker, android has evolved a lot since then ...

Jan. 22, 2016, 4:23 a.m.   android app , traffic

Google Maps Traffic Layer

Good news! Google maps traffic layer is finally available for Sri Lanka. ...

Nov. 19, 2015, 4:03 a.m.   Google , traffic

The emperors new traffic plan.

The new traffic plan around Isipathana, if we understood the police press release correctly: pic.twitter.com/RCussTlaK9— YAMU (@yamulk) May 22, 2015 ...

Oct. 6, 2015, 10:27 a.m.   flood , traffic , summary

New Year Traffic

The traffic in Sri Lanka has a distinct pattern during the month of April. During the first few days it begins to build up slowly, then school are let out but that doesn't help to abate the traffic in fact it even increases and reaches unbearable levels. Then the traffic suddenly clears up. Comp ...

Aug. 20, 2015, 7:30 a.m.   new year , traffic , summary

Roadmap for the android app

We just released a new version of our andoird app today. It's just an simple bug fix release to tide thing over while we roll out the roadmap for it. And the road has many branches. Literally. At the moment the app features out crowd sourced traffic alert system and has a GPS tracker these will ...

June 16, 2015, 2:22 p.m.   android app

Kollupitiya Closed

The financial year ended with chaos in the finanacial district of Colombo. It wasn't caused by accountants or stockborkers but by people who might someday go on to become accountants. Student protests are dime a dozen but this time their stated objective was to create as much traffic as possible ...

June 6, 2015, 11:22 a.m.   traffic , summary , march , kollupitiya

Traffic in Wild Life Sanctuaries

A single traffic report for a national park would be one too many. Unfortunately we have seen quite a few of them. This post shows just a sampling. At the alarming rate that forests and even national parks are being bulldozed in Sri Lanka, it's no surprise that what remains tends to be over crowded. It's not just by wild animals but vehicles and people. Sadly the authorities seem to think national parks are a money spinner rather than the last refuge of many species of endemic animals. No effort is being made to regulate the number of visitors to the parks. ...

June 5, 2015, 9:23 a.m.   safari , wildlife , conservation , elephants

You take the highway we pay the toll.

Wouldn't highway driving could be more enjoyable if someone would pay your toll charges for you? Well the next time you take the highway, we might just be able to do that. Simply scan and email it to us. That's not all we will help you to recover the money you spend on fuel as well. ...

June 2, 2015, 11:28 a.m.   carpool , expressway

February a quiet month

After the massive traffic jams in January February turned out to be a real quite month. Except for a political rally in Nugegoda all the traffic was caused by the usual suspects. Like cows for example.  No really, cows do cause traffic quite often as you will see when you browse through the arc ...

May 15, 2015, 8 a.m.   february , traffic , summary

Traffic summary report for January 2015

The month ended rather badly with floods and long train delays. @road_lk Colombo fort railway station. Trains are late. 7.20 train just arrived. pic.twitter.com/NayJbJHRxl—  Shehan.Randew  (@ShehanRG) January 30, 2015 and the perahera Traffic near gangarama temple and near bishops due to the ...

May 11, 2015, 6:15 a.m.   traffic , summary , january

Rajarata Flooded

In addition to traffic alerts, we also send out flood alerts. Mostly we deal with city streets getting inundated for a few hours. Flooding in December was something very different. It lasted for days hundreds of thousands of people were sadly displaced. Tragically it happened at around the tenth ann ...

May 7, 2015, 12:14 a.m.   flood

Presidential Election

Hundreds campaigning for UPFA in Boralesgamuwa. Traffic congestion in the area #lka #PresPollSL (Photos) pic.twitter.com/ZDDODSNg0C — CMEV (@cmev) January 3, 2015 Maithree has been given an extremely inconvenient place to hold the rally. Bound to clog up Col-Bdl road @road_lk pic.twitter.com/ ...

May 4, 2015, 2:15 a.m.   prespollsl , election

road.lk newsletter

You take the highway, we pay the toll. Share a ride across one of the expressways in Sri Lanka and we will pay the toll for you! This is in addition to the payment you will receive from the passenger for the ride. Learn more! Milestones. It's now two months since we launched our carpool service and ...

May 3, 2015, 12:11 p.m.   newsletter

Roads that will be closed for secretary Kerry's visit

United States Secretary of State, John Kerry is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka today at 7:45am. He is the most senior US official to visit the country since the visit of Colin Powell in 2005. Several roads will be closed for the event with the first closure being the circuitous route from the Airp ...

May 2, 2015, 12:47 a.m.   Secretary of State , Kerry , Colombo

වෙසක් සිතියම

Apata  අපිට හිතෙන හැටියට, මේ අවුරුද්දේ වෙසක් තෝරන් සහ දන්සල් පවත්වනවා වෙනුවට නෙපලට ආධාර කරන එක වඩාත් හොඳ කියල. එත් හැමෝම එකට එකග වෙන එකක් නැ. අපි පසුගිය අවුරුදු දෙකේත් වෙසක් තෝරන් හා වෙනත් සැරසිලි තියන ප්‍රදේශ වල සිතියමක් ඉදිරපත් කරා. මේ පහල තියන සිතියම 2014 සිතියම මුල් කරගෙන හදල තියෙන්නේ. එකට ...

April 29, 2015, 12:16 a.m.   wesak , map ,

Papal visit revisited

Since we commenced our traffic alerts service, the Papal visit and the CHOGM were the biggest event that caused sustained traffic for a period of several days. But there is a big difference between the two. During the CHOGM almost everyone was complaining, during the papal visit peoplw ere happy to ...

April 27, 2015, 11 a.m.   papal visit , colombo , madhu

Carpool and win contest winners.

At the end of last month we announced a competition titled 'Carpool and Win' to celebrate the milestone of having 4,000 rides posted on our carpool service. Today we are happy to announce that the number has gone past 11,000 rides and we are also happy to announce the winners of the competit ...

April 24, 2015, 10:37 a.m.   carpool , contest , winners

Colombo turns green

Has everyone in Colombo suddenly acquired an environmental conciousness? No more land fills, tree felling or new roads. Sadly no it's just that all the traffic markers on the map suddenly turned green. Most people who sent in their traffic reports today and there is no reason why it shouldn' ...

April 15, 2015, 7:10 a.m.   carpool , traffic , avurudu , colombo , green

Roads that will be closed on the 10th of April

Once again roads will be closed in Colombo due to the state visit by the Hon. Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay. Roads were closed yesterday as well our traffic alert system was far more useful than the official schedule. However we have plotted the roads that will be closed on the map below for reference. ...

April 10, 2015, 12:46 a.m.   bhutan , state visit , road closed , traffic

Roads closed for visit by the prime minister of Bhutan

The prime minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay is scheduled to arrive in Colombo Today (the 9th of April) for a state visit. The interactive map below sows the roads in and around Colombo that will be closed in view of this state visit always check for traffic alerts before heading out. ...

April 9, 2015, 2:08 a.m.   kelaniya , colombo , closure

Share a ride for the new year.

In 2014, getting home for the new year was quite a nightmare. Some people spent as much as eleven hours on the road to cover about 160 kilometers. The traffic was bad and catching a bus even worse. But this year we have a solution that will get you home safely and quickly. ...

April 8, 2015, 12:15 p.m.   carpool , new year , sri lanka

Cashing in on empty car seats

Tehan recently opted for a new way to reach Colombo from Galle, his hometown : He skipped the train ride and hopped in a car pool he had booked on his mobile phone. “It takes less time, and the price is great said Tehan. The 28-year-old executive of a private company in Colombo is one of ...

April 1, 2015, 1:45 p.m.   carpool , press

Carpool and Win!

Last wednesday we announced that the number of rideshares posted on road.lk had gone past the 3,000 mark and we would be announcing a competition shortly. Since then, we have reached another milestone! Yes the 4,000 mark as been reached! So instead of the usual three prizes that most competitions of ...

March 30, 2015, 7 a.m.   carpool , competition

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