The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has been closely monitoring the traffic conditions in the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) tunnel as well as the adjoining road network since its opening on 29 December 2013.
While traffic within the MCE tunnel has generally been smooth flowing, there has been traffic congestion and tail-backs at certain locations as motorists adjust to the new expressway and road network configuration.
For example, some west-bound motorists on the ECP did not enter the MCE directly from the ECP near Fort Road, but instead proceeded along Sheares Bridge into the city area before heading out to the MCE, thereby adding to the traffic in the city.
There has also been congestion along some key roads at the Marina South area as many motorists chose to enter the Central Business District (CBD) using the MCE exits that lead to Central Boulevard.
LTA will be making certain road and traffic flow adjustments to address the traffic issues. We will also be putting out travel advisories at more locations, and on radio, to guide motorists on the best way to reach their destination.
Adjustments to improve traffic
LTA will make the following adjustments to improve traffic circulation in the road network adjoining MCE. These changes are expected to ease the congestion experienced.
- A short stretch of Central Boulevard will be immediately converted from two lanes to four lanes. This would enable better traffic into and along Central Boulevard towards Shenton Way.
- More temporary signs at key approaches will be put up to alert motorists of the road network changes and the best way to get to their destination. Traffic wardens will continue to be deployed to help direct motorists.
We would appreciate motorists' help to take note of the following, and adjust their travel pattern when they use the MCE:
- Westbound motorists travelling from ECP to AYE
Westbound motorists travelling from ECP should join MCE at Exit 14B near Fort Road to get to AYE, instead of using Sheares Avenue to exit at Marina Boulevard to re-enter MCE and connect to AYE.