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Transport by Road 1

In land scarce Singapore, the government tries to keep a sustainable number of private cars and other vehicles. Every now and then, there are plans to extend the expressways or create new ones to relieve congestion of the existing ones. A new addition is the Marina Coastal Expressway. Although it is only about 5km long, during the feasibility stage, its estimated cost was 2.5 billion SGD. The reason is that this expressway, constructed in Singapore's notorious marine clay, also is Singapore's first undersea tunnel and working conditions were sometimes as deep as 60m. The contractors also reclaimed 13.1 hectares of land. Building in the open seas implied factoring in tidal conditions and the fact that the 420m undersea tunnel is only about 150m from the Marina Barrage. Furthermore, the tunnel also runs above the North-South Line metro.  

 

This is not the MCE, but Nicoll Highway, by the way.

Transport by Road 1

In land scarce Singapore, the government tries to keep a sustainable number of private cars and other vehicles. Every now and then, there are plans to extend the expressways or create new ones to relieve congestion of the existing ones. A new addition is the Marina Coastal Expressway. Although it is only about 5km long, during the feasibility stage, its estimated cost was 2.5 billion SGD. The reason is that this expressway, constructed in Singapore's notorious marine clay, also is Singapore's first undersea tunnel and working conditions were sometimes as deep as 60m. The contractors also reclaimed 13.1 hectares of land. Building in the open seas implied factoring in tidal conditions and the fact that the 420m undersea tunnel is only about 150m from the Marina Barrage. Furthermore, the tunnel also runs above the North-South Line metro.  

 

This is not the MCE, but Nicoll Highway, by the way.

comments (17)

  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Sep 2019, 01:17
Love the roadways smile
Ayush Basu: On some occasions that I take taxis, I find the roads to be very good, CP.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Sep 2019, 01:57
Evidentally the yellow line pointer hot a bit effected by the paint fumes...
Ayush Basu: grin completely wonky, Ray.
Holy moly... Such undertakings!
Ayush Basu: Quite a bit of planning is needed, Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Sep 2019, 06:43
The modern world Ayush..
Ayush Basu: Yes, Chris, although not in the same league as for instance, the freeways of L.A.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 10 Sep 2019, 07:09
The British are wimps when it comes to such infrastructure problems Ayush. Other countries just get on with it.
Ayush Basu: In Singapore, they let the returns on investment motivate them, Chad. And perhaps not always a good thing as well.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 10 Sep 2019, 07:16
As an example: the government decided to build a dual carriageway road linking the M4 at Swindon to the M5 near Gloucester. This would see a huge increase in the volume of traffic using this road, known as the Cotswold by-pass. But because regrew were issues of our to get down from the Western escarpment of the Cotswold hills, they left 3 miles of this new road in-upgraded. I am sure you can imagine chaos and queues that this causes at peak times. Thee have been several fatalities along the three mile section. Ever since it was built in 1997ish, there have been calls for the ‘missing link’ to be completed. There was talk of a tunnel, but then that was going to cost too much. There have been countless meetings and public enquiries. Money was allocated about ten years ago, yet still they are talking about what and when, even though a new route has been agreed.
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the detailed comment, Chad. I recall reading about the expansion of the Heathrow airport and how there were differing voices. The example you mention gives me the impression that those opposing it have completely missed the point.
The image is a fine addition to the narrative Ayush, you have some very clever engineers in your part of the world by the sound of it.
Ayush Basu: I think they do have the vision and they are not hesitant to seek advice, Brian.
That looks like a Skoda!

I read chad's comment. What he says is spot on.
Ayush Basu: I realized I did not blur the plate on this car, Bill! Indeed, it is a Skoda.
Very informative, thank you...
Ayush Basu: Pleased you find it so, Larry.
Got to keep the motorists happy!
Ayush Basu: Human nature! There are some that are still not completely satisfied, Tom.
You must have taken some Dutch engineering back to Singapore with you, Ayush, yes???? Good for you. smile
Ayush Basu: I sure have, Ginnie! I find their engineers (or at least the ones in my workplace) are rather skilled at rooting out potential risks far ahead. A valuable tool in this line of work.
  • Astrid
  • Hollandshire.....
  • 11 Sep 2019, 06:16
That is quite the undertaking, Ayush. And thank you for the write up. Like Bill, I think it is a Skoda (we both drive a Skoda)...
Ayush Basu: I missed out blurring the number plate, Astrid. Yes it is a Skoda indeed. The write was good for me too since I could read the interesting information that I was not entirely familiar with.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Sep 2019, 06:24
Whilst the UK talks about things, the Singapore government gets on and do things. The environmentalists are set against any sort of improvement to our road network no matter how much pollution that the hold-ups presently cause.
Ayush Basu: I think the smaller population and closer proximity to all parties involved helps. And I agree with your observation that the environmentalists sometimes miss the point inadvertently causing more pollution, Alan.
i like the chevron yellow line at the side of the road... nice shot, Ayush! Not too much traffic!
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Elaine. This was a weekend. It can be pandemonium on a Monday morning with folks getting to work, school run, public transport buses...!!
The conditions sound challenging but endeavour is the key
Ayush Basu: They do stick to the engineering part of it with perseverance, Martin.
nice photo Ayush... i like the information about the Marina Coastal Expressway that you provided for us....petersmile
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you like it, Peter. The write-up was good for me too since I could read the interesting information that I was not entirely familiar with.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 14 Sep 2019, 18:59
love, love the car

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