SINGAPORE - On Sunday, Apr 5, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong posted on his Facebook page, a photo of the new Jubilee Bridge, which was opened to the public on March 29, a month earlier than planned.
The bridge is part of a trail that highlights Singapore's history, and was built to celebrate Singapore's Golden Jubilee in 2015.
Mr Lee wrote: "The existing Esplanade Bridge was too narrow for pedestrians. Now with the Jubilee Bridge, pedestrians can stroll comfortably across the Singapore River."
More on the Jubilee Bridge and nine other iconic bridges in Singapore here:
1) Jubilee Bridge
The building of the new Jubilee Bridge to give pedestrians barrier-free access between the Merlion Park and the promenade in front of the Esplanade was announced in October 2014. The bridge will be part of an 8km commemorative walkway called the Jubilee Walk.
The walking trail, which highlights Singapore's history, will be launched as part of the celebrations for Singapore's 50th birthday in 2015. The bridge was opened on March 29, 2015, a month earlier than planned, on the day of a state funeral procession for Singapore's late founding father Lee Kuan Yew. The move was to "help facilitate pedestrian movement during the state funeral procession", the Urban Redevelopment Authority said then.
National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan, in a blog post last month, said it was the late Mr Lee himself who had suggested the construction of the bridge during a visit to Marina Bay in 2004. "He had observed that the walkway along Esplanade Bridge was too narrow, and he thought that a friendlier connection should be provided," Mr Khaw said.
2) Esplanade Bridge
The Esplanade Bridge was built when Anderson Bridge could not cope with increasing traffic. It cuts in front of the Fullerton Waterboat House and the Merlion Park, connecting the Fullerton area to the Marina Centre. Esplanade Drive runs across the bridge.
After it was built and opened to the public in 1997, there were concerns that the Merlion could not be seen from the Marina Bay waterfront. In 2002, the Merlion was relocated to the other side of the Esplanade Bridge so it could be seen. Since 2008, the Esplanade Bridge and Anderson Bridge form part of the F1 Marina Bay Street Circuit.
3) Helix Bridge
Helix Bridge, the longest pedestrian bridge in Singapore, overlooks Marina Bay. The bridge has a double helix structure modelled on the structure of DNA. Plans for the bridge were announced in March 2006, and it opened partially in April 2010. It was fully operational in July 2010.
Helix Bridge is 280m long, but the total length of the stainless steel tubes that make up the double helix structure is almost 10 times as long if unravelled and measured.
The bridge costs an estimated $68 million in total. Helix Bridge provides quick access to Marina Bay Sands for pedestrians who are walking from the Esplanade and the City Hall area.
At the same time, a walk along the bridge provides unparalleled views of the city skyline. Five viewing pods extended from the bridge were built for visitors to take in the view. The bridge also provides a good vantage point to watch fireworks and pyrotechnics during special events such as the National Day celebrations.
4) Elgin Bridge
In 1863, the iron bridge originally named Thomson's Bridge was renamed Elgin Bridge, after Lord James Bruce Elgin, the Governor-General of India from 1862-1863, the 8th Earl of Elgin.
This first Elgin bridge was widened in 1870 but later demolished in the 1920s to make way for the second Elgin Bridge, built between 1926 and 1929. It was opened to traffic on May 30, 1929.
The Elgin Bridge stands in the place of the bridge that was erected in Singapore in 1819. In November 1822, a wooden footbridge called Presentment Bridge, also known as Monkey Bridge, replaced that original crossing. Two underpasses were built below the bridge by September 1992. They lead to South Bridge Road. In Hokkien and Cantonese, it is called the "iron suspension bridge".