SINGAPORE - The Civic District area, which comprises the Padang, Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, and National Gallery, will be transformed to create a green and walkable park environment, said the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).
Works to enhance the area has already started and will be completed in phases throughout next year.
Key enhancements to the precinct include paving Empress Place, which currently separates the Asian Civilisations Museum and Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, to integrate buildings on either side for a seamless park-like setting; realigning part of Fullerton Road to create a more spacious lawn; converting one side of Anderson Bridge to a pedestrian footpath and also introducing a more spacious walkway along St Andrew's Road.
Along Connaught Drive, works have started to remove the existing car and coach parking lots and these will be paved or landscaped over to provide more space for the public.
From July, Connaught Drive will be converted to a two-way street and traffic will be limited to buses and coaches, with new bus stops, shelters and coach drop-off points.
New stepped plazas will be built along the edge of Singapore River at Queen Elizabeth Walk and in front of the Asian Civilisations Museum.
NParks will be working with URA to improve the landscaping of Esplanade Park. Street furniture, such as benches with mobile phone charging points, will also be added.
To commemorate SG50, a new 8km-long "Jubilee Walk" with trail markers will connect key attractions throughout Civic District and Marina Bay.