The Colombo–Matara Expressway, also known as the Southern Lanka Distributor or simply the Southern Expressway (Sinhala: දක්ෂිණ ලංකා අධිවේගි මාර්ගය, Tamil: தென்னிலங்கை அதிவேக நெடுஞ்சாலை) is Sri Lanka's first E Class highway. The 126 km (78 mi) long highway will link the Sri Lankan capital Colombo with Matara, a major city in the south of the island. Construction on the highway began in 2006 and completion up to Matara is expected in 2013. However the public opening was declared on 27 November 2011 from Kottawa to Pinnaduwa. The expressway will reduce the time taken to travel from Colombo to Matara (161 km) to one and a half hours from the current four hours, and currently reduces the time taken to travel from Colombo to Galle (116 km) to one hour from the three hours taken by the regular Colombo-Matara highway.