- Esplanade Bridge
Bridges in Singapore
bridge_name = Esplanade Bridge
official_name = Esplanade Bridge
chinese_name = 滨海桥
Downtown Core, Singapore
Motor vehiclesand pedestrians
length = ~260 m
width = ~70 m
Obayashi CorporationThe Esplanade Bridge is a 260 metre-long road bridgethat spans across the mouth of the Singapore Riverin Singaporewith the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bayon its northern abutmentand the Merlionon the southern.G. Chandradas, Tien Chung Ping (21 August 2008). "Bridging the gap", The Straits Times.] The 70 metre-wide low-level concrete arched bridge has seven spans and supports two four-lane carriageways and walkways along both side.
The bridge was built to provide faster vehicular access between
Marina Centreand the financial district of Shenton Way. Construction of the bridge began in early 1994and was completed in March 1997. The main contractor was Obayashi Corporation. The bridge then blocked views of the Merlionstatue from the Marina Baywaterfront, raising a need for the original Merlionstatue to be relocated from the back to the front of the bridge."A new home for the Merlion". URA [http://www.ura.gov.sg/skyline/skyline00/skyline00-04.pdf "Skyline" (July/August 2000)] . p. 6–8]
Occasional road closures
As the bridge offers a panoramic view of
Marina Southand the entire Marina Bay, it is closed to all vehicular traffic so that pedestrians can watch the fireworks display during the National Daycelebration and the countdown to New Year's Dayon New Year's Eve. The entire length of all eight vehicular lanes will be fully packed with spectators on such nights. Street lights on the bridge are switched off right before and switched back on right after the fireworks display to offer a better viewing experience to those on the bridge.
It formed part of the
Singapore Grand Prix's Marina Bay Street Circuit, which debuted on 28 September 2008, and thus had to be completely closed during the racing season.
List of bridges in Singapore
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