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Some Recent Highway Bridges in Ceylon

Historical THE principal highway authority in Ceylon is the Public Works Department, a direct descendant of the Corps of Royal Engineers and responsible for some 14,000 miles of motorable roads. The Department is today continuing its long tradition for progressive development despite handicaps imposed by a shortage of experienced local engineers. Although there are shortcomings arising from present day traffic conditions and the requirements of the Government’s post-war development programme, Ceylon’s highway system has been said to be among the finest of any Far Eastern country. When it is considered that many of the wrought iron and steel bridges, constructed in the pre-motoring era, and now requiring replacement, are at least SO and sometimes approaching 100 years old it may fairly be said that they have “earned their keep.” H. C. Husband and K. H. Best