For years, Champika Dassananyake, a farmer in Puttalam District in Sri Lanka, struggled to transport her paddy to the nearest town, some 20 kilometers away. Largely unpaved, narrow, and full of potholes, the main road she used was in poor condition.

"It was difficult for two vehicles to travel on this road. There were lots of potholes and when it rained the drains flooded. We couldn't even harvest our paddy and carry it along this road," she said.

But Dassananyake, and other local farmers, are now benefitting from a new road, which is part of the World Bank's US$198 million Road Sector Assistance project. "With the new road, life has become easier," she said.