New Jubilee Bridge at Marina Bay opened early for Lee Kuan Yew's passing

New Jubilee Bridge at Marina Bay opened early for Lee Kuan Yew's passing

SINGAPORE - A new pedestrian bridge linking the Merlion Park to the waterfront promenade in front of Esplanade Theatres by the Bay has been opened ahead of schedule.

In a blog post, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan explained that the Jubilee Bridge was initially intended to be opened to public access in April.

"It was brought forward to faciliate the many Singaporeans who lined the Esplanade bridge to bid farewell to our founding Prime Minister on Mar 29," Mr Khaw wrote.

The 220-metre pedestrian bridge forms part of the 3.5km waterfront promenade around the bay, and its design allows visitors to enjoy panoramic views of Marina Bay.

Mr Khaw said it was Mr Lee Kuan Yew himself who had suggested the construction of the bridge in 2004.

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

Mr Lee, Singapore's founding prime minister, died Mar 23 at Singapore General Hospital, aged 91.

"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," the minister added.

The bridge will remain open, and will officially be launched in November to commemorate Singapore's 50th anniversary of independence.

seanyap@sph.com.sg

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