Benjamin Sheares Bridge

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Coordinates: 1°17′33.37″N 103°51′43.43″E / 1.2926028°N 103.8620639°E / 1.2926028; 103.8620639

Benjamin Sheares Bridge
薛尔思桥
Benjamin Sheares Bridge Oct 05.JPG
Official name Benjamin Sheares Bridge
Carries Motor vehicles and pedestrians
Crosses Marina Bay
Locale East Coast Parkway
Sheares Avenue,
Downtown Core, Singapore
Designer Public Works Department (now CPG Consultants)
Design Viaduct
Total length 1.8km
Constructed by Sato Kogyo and Chan Chee Wah Maunsell & Partners
Opened 26 September 1981

Opened in 1981,[1] the Benjamin Sheares Bridge (Chinese: 薛尔思桥, Pinyin: Xūeěrsī Qíao; Malay: Jambatan Benjamin Sheares) is the longest bridge in Singapore, spanning 1.8 km, and the tallest, at 20 m. It is named after Dr Benjamin Henry Sheares, the second president of the Republic, who died four months before the bridge was opened to the public. The bridge was once part of the East Coast Parkway, but it is currently downgraded to an arterial road, Sheares Avenue. The cost of construction was S$177 million.

Built over reclaimed land by construction company Sato Kogyo, the bridge is made of pre-stressed concrete and links East Coast Parkway on the east coast to Marina Bay on the west coast.

Benjamin Sheares Bridge is the setting for the annual SAFRA Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon[2] (formerly the Sheares Bridge Run).

It is also pictured on the rear panel of the Ship Series S$50 banknote.[3]

Benjamin Sheares Bridge and the Singapore Flyer

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Article on Singapore Infopedia
  2. ^ [2] Singapore Armed Forces Reservists Association (SAFRA)
  3. ^ [3] S$50 banknote