A NEW flyover along with adjacent roads will open in Seletar later this month, offering motorists greater connectivity to major expressways and the aerospace hub. Seletar Aerospace Flyover and the new roads will open on May 16 at 5am and will support an expected growth in traffic in the area, which includes the aerospace hub and the upcoming Sengkang West Industrial Area.
The dual three-lane flyover will provide direct connections to the Central Expressway (CTE), Seletar Expressway (SLE) and Tampines Expressway (TPE). It will also be linked to Jalan Kayu.
Connecting to the flyover will be a new road - Sengkang West Road - that will allow motorists travelling from Yio Chu Kang to travel directly to the TPE. Drivers currently have to take a circuitous trip through Jalan Kayu to do this. The new route is expected to ease traffic congestion along the one-lane Jalan Kayu, which was built in the 1920s.
Also, motorists heading to Seletar Aerospace Park from the expressway can use a new road - Seletar Aerospace Way - via the new flyover. The entire stretch of Seletar Aerospace Flyover, Seletar Aerospace Way and Sengkang West Road is about 3km.
The $80-million project started in the second quarter of 2011. It is one of a number of road projects in the area, including an alternative road link between Yishun and the CTE which opened in January.
Retiree Tan Tuan Khoon, 69, who has been living in Seletar since the 1970s, said heavy vehicles which are travelling through Jalan Kayu now will have an alternative route in Sengkang West Road, which will relieve traffic.
However, he is not too sure of the name. "Sengkang West Road could be confusing for taxi drivers, when we are in Seletar, and the name should be more related to that."
This article was first published on May 5, 2015.
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