New bridge opened earlier for crowds at Mr Lee's funeral

New bridge opened earlier for crowds at Mr Lee's funeral
The new bridge was built after Mr Lee noticed that the walkway on Esplanade Bridge was too narrow to accommodate more pedestrians.

A NEW pedestrian bridge linking Merlion Park to the waterfront promenade in front of the Esplanade opened ahead of schedule so that it could accommodate crowds for Mr Lee Kuan Yew's funeral procession on Sunday.

The 220m-long curved bridge, which runs alongside the Esplanade bridge, had been due to open this month.

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan noted in a blog post yesterday that such a bridge had been suggested by the late Mr Lee himself during a 2004 visit to Marina Bay.

"He had observed that the walkway along Esplanade Bridge was too narrow, and he thought that a friendlier connection should be provided," said Mr Khaw.

Plans for the bridge were announced in 2009 and construction began in 2012.

The bridge forms part of the 8km Jubilee Walk, a trail from the National Museum to Gardens by the Bay that showcases Singapore's history, and is also on the 3.5km waterfront promenade around Marina Bay.

It remains open but will be officially launched in November as the Jubilee Bridge to commemorate Singapore's 50th birthday.

"As we use this new pedestrian bridge to enjoy Marina Bay, let's reflect on the vision and the hard work of Mr Lee and our founding generation," said Mr Khaw.

janiceh@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Apr 1, 2015.
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