- Anderson Bridge
Bridges in Singapore
bridge_name = Anderson Bridge
official_name = Anderson Bridge
chinese_name = 安德逊桥
Downtown Core, Singapore
Motor vehiclesand pedestrians
length = 70 metres
width = 28 metres
open = 1910
Anderson Bridge is a
vehicular bridgethat spans across the Singapore River. It is located near the river's mouth in the Downtown Core Planning Area of Singapore's Central Area.
The bridge was completed in 1910G. Chandradas, Tien Chung Ping (21 August 2008). "Bridging the gap", The Straits Times.] , and was named after the
Governor of the Straits Settlementsand High Commissionerfor the Federated Malay States(1904–1911), SirJohn Anderson, who officially opened the bridge on 12 March, 1910. It formed part of the Singapore Grand Prix's Marina Bay Street Circuit, which debuted on 28 September 2008.
Anderson Bridge was built with the intention to replace the overloaded
Cavenagh Bridgeas the link between the governmentadministrative area in the Civic District on the northern bank and the Commercial District (now Raffles Place) on the southern bank of the Singapore River. Due to the flourishing trade on the Singapore River by the 1880s, Cavenagh Bridge could not support the increasingly heavy trafficinto town. Despite the building of Ord Bridgeand Read Bridge, the traffic situation did not improve and in fact worsened following the widening of Battery Road. Its low draught was also insufficient for the passage of boats at high tide. However, when Anderson Bridge was completed in 1910, Cavenagh Bridge was spared from demolitionand was converted to a pedestrianbridge, with heavier vehicles, horseand ox cartsbeing diverted to Anderson Bridge.
Anderson Bridge was constructed between 1908 and 1910, as a joint venture between the colonial government and the
Municipalityafter the reclamation of the south bank of the Singapore River. The abutments were built by the Westminster Construction Company Limited.
The elegant bridge displays an excellent combination of intricate
plasterand metalworkunmatched by any other bridge locally. It comprises three steel archeswith supporting steel ribsextending across them, two rusticated archways and a fluted pierat each end.
Japanese Occupation of Singapore(1942-1945), the severed heads of criminals were hung on Anderson Bridge as a warning to discourage citizens from breaking the law.
Anderson Bridge today
In the 1990s, due again to the increasing vehicular
traffic flowbetween the northern and southern bank of the Singapore River, the Esplanade Bridgewas built to provide faster access between Marina Centreand the financial district of Shenton Way. Construction of the 260-metre long bridge in front of the mouth of the Singapore Riverbegan in early 1994 and was completed in 1997.
Anderson Bridge currently still serves as a vehicular bridge, and connects the financial district directly to City Hall. The bridge is located near The Fullerton Hotel (previously Fullerton Building) and the former
On 3 November 2008, the bridge was selected for conversation as part of the
Urban Redevelopment Authority's expanded conservation programme [http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_285801.html] .
List of bridges in Singapore
* The Fullerton Hotel
* Victor R Savage, Brenda S A Yeoh (2004), "Toponymics - A Study of Singapore Street Names", Eastern University Press, ISBN 981-210-364-3
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