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Old July 27th, 2007, 02:16 PM   #1
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[COMPLETED] Marina Coastal Expressway

Coming soon: Marina Coastal Expressway


The dual 5-lane expressway will be an underground east-west link between KPE, ECP, and AYE with direct connection to the Marina Bay area. -- PHOTO: LTA

THE Singapore Government has approved the building of the 5km-long Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) at the cost of S$2.5 billion.
The dual 5-lane expressway will be an underground east-west link between Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE), East Coast Parkway (ECP), and Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) with direct connection to the Marina Bay area.

'It will provide an additional high speed link to the Marina Bay area to support the development of this New Downtown comprising the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, the Sail, the Marina Bay Financial Centre, as well as other future developments,' said Transport Minister Raymond Lim who announced on Friday that the project has been given the go ahead.

The route comprises a 3.5km-long underground tunnel and 1.5km-long above-ground road structure.

About 420m of the expressway will be under the seabed at Marina Bay.

Construction of the MCE starts in 2008 and it is targeted to be completed in 2013.

The MCE will replace part of the ECP at Marina Centre, Bayfront and Central subzones, and allow for this part of the ECP and its adjoining slip roads to be realigned.

The ECP at Marina South area will be converted to a major arterial road to serve the Marina Bay area.

Mr Lim also announced that the Phase One of the KPE will be opened to traffic on 26 October.

Phase One will extend from the ECP at Fort Road to the PIE.

With the new expressway, motorists from Kallang, Geylang and the surrounding neighbourhoods will have an alternative road to the CBD.

The entire expressway will be in full operation by the end of 2008.

Mr Yam Ah Mee, Chief Executive of the Land Transport Authority expects the KPE to help ease congestion on the CTE as it will serve estates like Hougang, Sengkang and Punggol.

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Old July 27th, 2007, 02:26 PM   #2
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Government Approves the Construction of MCE

1. The Government has given approval for LTA to build the 5 km long Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) at a cost of $2.5 billion.

Benefits of the MCE

2. The dual five-lane MCE is a strategic underground east-west transport link between the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE), the East Coast Parkway (ECP) and the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE), with direct connections to the Marina South and Straits View areas.

3. The MCE is part of the strategic island-wide road network and is a key infrastructure project to support the long-term growth of Singapore. Several upcoming developments such as the Marina Barrage, the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, the Sail @ Marina Bay and the Marina Bay Financial Centre are in progress. The MCE will cater to the projected increase in traffic volume generated by the high-density developments in the Marina Bay area and also serve as an essential transport link from the Marina Bay to the rest of the island.

Details of Project

4. The MCE will be constructed mainly underground, allowing for optimal usage of land. The route comprises a 3.5 km long underground tunnel and a 1.5 km above ground/depressed road structure. The MCE will interchange with KPE/ECP and connects to Marina and Central Boulevard, Prince Edward Road and Maxwell Road.

Land Reclamation

5. A total of 13.3 ha of land reclamation will be carried out at Marina East (4 ha) and at Marina Wharf (9.3 ha) to facilitate the building of the MCE. Parts of the MCE will run along reclaimed land.

Conversion of Part of the ECP to a Major Arterial Road

6. As part of the overall land use plan in the Marina Bay area, the MCE will replace part of the ECP at Marina Centre, Bayfront and Central subzones, and allow for this part of the ECP and its adjoining slip roads at Bayfront and Central sub-zones to be realigned, facilitating the seamless development of the Central Business District (CBD). The ECP at Marina South area will be realigned and converted to a major arterial road to serve the Marina Bay area.

Completion Date

7. The construction of the MCE will start in 2008 and is targeted to complete by end 2013.
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Old July 27th, 2007, 02:28 PM   #3
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this is one really expensive road
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Old July 27th, 2007, 02:34 PM   #4
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this is one really expensive road
That's what people are saying in the ST Online Forums as well.

I don't know if the place is so damn hard to build on that results in such a high price tag but it does feel on the surface as though we are splurging on this and ignoring the commonfolk in the heartlands who are trying to make ends meet. Then again, the government might have a logical reason for this. When does our government ever NOT have any reason for anything. Then again as well, excuses are easy to come up with. While I am happy for this project, I am startled by the high price tag.
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Old July 28th, 2007, 04:27 AM   #5
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this is one really expensive road
1) the soil around Marina South and East can be very soft and difficult to build using normal construction techniques.

2) It has to be underground due to Marina barrage which is already constructed at the border of river and the sea. Future Marina Cruise Terminal will be built at the coastal of Marina South and next to already operational Clifford Pier.

3) It would optimize the usage of land in Marina South, freeing up space for office buildings, residental, entertainment areas in the future

4) The tunnel has to be extremely strong ensure no seawater can leak into the tunnel and flood it. Due to the nature of the soil, the structure of tunnel should be ultra tough to stand. Nicoll Highway collapse illustrated that even the steel beams can buckle when soil moves.

This amounts to high tag price for the construction. But it would be worth the investment because of busy traffic that ply MCE that connects to 3 major expressways - AYE, ECP, KPE.

MCE can take the traffic away from congestion in new downtown area.

I believe they did consider the viaducts instead of expensive underground tunnels. I think they decide on underground to give the whole place pleasant to look at, especially visitors and tourist coming in cruise liners and luxurious boats.
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Old July 28th, 2007, 06:19 AM   #6
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Great news! Singapore will be a transportation haven soon enough!
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Old July 28th, 2007, 07:50 AM   #7
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I believe that the Government has studied the options of building underground vs building it at grade or elevated.

In the long-term interest of having a well planned Marina South district, I believe the underground option, though more costly, is simply better planning.

To elaborate on Point 2 in JediAlf's post, the MCE is sited along Straits View. This is prime waterfront land with a breathtaking view of the Straits of Singapore. It is also where the future cruise terminal is to be sited. Can you imagine pedestrians/vehicles having to navigate across a noisy and busy expressway just to get to the seafront?

Having an underground expressway will also free up space for LAND aboveground. This land can be put to more optimal use by having the local road network above it etc.

If you look at the present constraints that the current ECP (built in a different era) now impose on developing the IR & the Gardens (it has to diverted), then I'm sure the underground option is the wisest.
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Old July 28th, 2007, 10:01 AM   #8
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so now we just hope the completion will not be delayed like most of the other projects
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..... Mr Yam Ah Mee, Chief Executive of the Land Transport Authority expects the KPE to help ease congestion on the CTE as it will serve estates like Hougang, Sengkang and Punggol.

This suggests that current AYE traffic heading northbound through the CTE tunnels will be diverted partially via the Keppel Viaduct to the ECP/KPE interchange.

This add-on traffic will worsen the Sheares Bridge ECP traffic in the marina bay area. Therefore, I do believe should keep the existing ECP stretch on top of the new MCE. This will allow increased throughput in the area, rather than just a realignment of roads.
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this mini expressway got me fantasising about an underwater world for cars.
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Old July 29th, 2007, 12:35 PM   #11
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this mini expressway got me fantasising about an underwater world for cars.

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Old July 29th, 2007, 05:04 PM   #12
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Why not build it above ground? A coastal expressway with seaview. Also an iconic bridge across Marina Channel at a fraction of the cost.
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Aesthetically wouldnt that make the Channel look too congested?

The Marina Barrage is quite close by. In any case, the channel is meant to allow navigation for vessels of certain size (through the barrage), so the less obstruction, the better.
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Aesthetically wouldnt that make the Channel look too congested?

The Marina Barrage is quite close by. In any case, the channel is meant to allow navigation for vessels of certain size (through the barrage), so the less obstruction, the better.
No harm integrating the bridge above the Marina Barrage. Given the width of the barrage gates, vessels unlikely to be that tall.
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No harm integrating the bridge above the Marina Barrage. Given the width of the barrage gates, vessels unlikely to be that tall.
i think if the whole road is above ground it will spoil the scenery.
if the motorists wants a good view, they can take the ECP.

pollution will also be another factor as the gardens by the bay will just be next to it.

a very good example of a badly executed 'above ground' expressway is the future outer ring road in Penang, Msia. The road goes along the much famed Gurney Drive along the coast.
As a result, the price of property there plummets and even non residents there complain like hell as they will lose the tranquility of the beach.
These problems will be solved if an underground road is built but its just too bad that Msia government is not as rich and as forward thinking as Spore.
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I assume ECP traffic would be diverted to this Marina Coastal Expressway eventually? Does anyone know what would become of the Benjamin Sheares Bridge when it no longer supports the ECP?

Looks like this MCE was decided 10 years ago in November 1997: http://www.ura.gov.sg/pr/text/pr97-62.html

quote: "A further 59ha of land will be reclaimed at Marina Wharf to provide additional land and to allow for the construction of a new coastal expressway. Extending from the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) in the west and framing Central subzone, Straits View and Marina South to link to Marina East in the north, this new expressway will divert traffic away from the heart of the city.

With the construction of the new coastal expressway, the existing East Coast Parkway (ECP) which divides the new Downtown area into two irregular areas will be straightened and converted to a major arterial road, allowing for better parcels of land to be created. "

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I assume ECP traffic would be diverted to this Marina Coastal Expressway eventually? Does anyone know what would become of the Benjamin Sheares Bridge when it no longer supports the ECP?

Looks like this MCE was decided 10 years ago in November 1997: http://www.ura.gov.sg/pr/text/pr97-62.html

quote: "A further 59ha of land will be reclaimed at Marina Wharf to provide additional land and to allow for the construction of a new coastal expressway. Extending from the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) in the west and framing Central subzone, Straits View and Marina South to link to Marina East in the north, this new expressway will divert traffic away from the heart of the city.

With the construction of the new coastal expressway, the existing East Coast Parkway (ECP) which divides the new Downtown area into two irregular areas will be straightened and converted to a major arterial road, allowing for better parcels of land to be created. "
If you read below, you will realize that the Benjamin Sheares Bridge will still be there, except that the traffic it carries will be that of any other major road, not that of an expressway, since vehicles leaving the bridge will encounter traffic lights on a straightened former ECP road.
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If you read below, you will realize that the Benjamin Sheares Bridge will still be there, except that the traffic it carries will be that of any other major road, not that of an expressway, since vehicles leaving the bridge will encounter traffic lights on a straightened former ECP road.
Its hard to imagine that one day we might be able to park our cars at the parallel parking lots on the sides of the Benjamin Sheares Bridge (since they are downgrading it by reducing the lanes so there would be space for parallel parking) and view the city skyline. We might even have a traffic light on the bridge to walk across the other side to see the scenic Singapore Straits. Awesome!
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No offence but I think Benjamin Sheares Bridge should be pulled down. Or downgraded, literally, to a lower level bridge, allows more "exits" to be built to Marina Centre because it will kinda spoil the view of Marina Bay Sands from the sea. Don't you think?

Marina Costal Expressway, when I first saw that, it was just "mice" to me.

Given the very expensive and very valuable land at Marina South, having the expressway aboveground is not practical and not condusive for development and prices, and of course, pollution.

Besides having it underground will soften the almost 90deg bends the Mice will face... (see picture)and the "exits" along Marina South without wasting too much land space.

Someone guide me on the completion date. 2013? The Circle Line begins operations 2010/11, The Downtown Line begins operations in 2018?
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Old July 30th, 2007, 07:01 PM   #20
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OMG!!! its actually a dual 5 lane expresssway...

it means that there are 10 lanes in total!!!

ECP has only 3 lanes per direction rite??
it should handle the surge in traffic for at least 30 yrs...
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