Central Expressway, Singapore

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Central Expressway

Route information
Length: 15.8 km (9.8 mi)
Existed: 1989 – present
History: First section opened 1989-06-17,
last section opened 1991-09-21
Major junctions
South end: Bukit Merah (AYE)
  SLE, TPE, ORRS (Braddell Road), PIE, NSE, AYE
North end: Yio Chu Kang (SLE, TPE)
Regions: Seletar, Ang Mo Kio, Serangoon, Kallang, Bishan, Toa Payoh, Central Area, Bukit Merah
Highway system
Expressways of Singapore

The Central Expressway (Abbreviation: CTE; Chinese: 中央高速公路; pinyin: Zhōngyāng Gāosù Gōnglù; Tamil: மத்திய விரைவுச்சாலை; Malay: Lebuhraya Tengah) in Singapore is the major highway connecting the city centre of Singapore with the northern residential parts of the island, including Toa Payoh, Bishan and Ang Mo Kio and further onwards to the Seletar Expressway and the Tampines Expressway.


The first stage of the expressway began as two separate parts: one from Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 to PIE, which was opened on 31 August 1983 , followed by an extension to Thomson Road on 18 May 1985 and to Seletar to Bukit Timah Road (next to Cavenagh Road), which was opened on 17 June 1989 and the second from Chin Swee Road in Chinatown to the Ayer Rajah Expressway in Radin Mas. The second stage of the expressway also involved the construction of the two tunnels, the north tunnel being 700 m (766 yards) long and the south tunnel being 1.7 km (1.06 miles) long, that travel underneath previously built-up areas, including the Singapore River, Fort Canning Park and Orchard Road. This stretch was opened on 21 September 1991. The CTE tunnels were the only underground roads in Singapore until the Fort Canning Tunnel was opened on 16 January 2007 and the only expressway with tunnels until the second stretch of the Kallang–Paya Lebar Expressway were opened on 26 October 2007.

As it is the only expressway to connect the city and the northern residential areas, it is more prone to congestion than the other expressways in Singapore. In the latest attempt to relieve congestion, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced on 27 May 2005 that with effect from 1 August 2005, Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) operation hours for the CTE will be extended into the evening, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is the first time that evening ERP hours were introduced for a Singapore road.

A section of the CTE passes under the Singapore River, causing significant water seepage problems. Despite the LTA plugging nearly 2000 leaks and spending "millions", on 9 May 2007, chunks of concrete fell from the ceiling of the south-bound tunnel. There were no injuries.[1]

Central Expressway, near the Cavenagh Road exit.

Road interchanges[edit]

No. Northbound exit to road (destinations) Interchange Type No. Southbound exit to road (destinations)
Start of expressway Radin Mas Flyover Directional T End of expressway (AYE)
No Exit Bukit Merah Flyover SPUI 1A Jalan Bukit Merah
1B Chin Swee Road, Tiong Bahru Road Outram Flyover SPUI 1B Outram Road
2 Clemenceau Avenue, Merchant Road and Havelock Road Chin Swee Tunnel 2 Clemenceau Avenue, Merchant Road and Havelock Road
No Exit 4 Buyong Road to Orchard Road
No Exit 5 Cairnhill Circle
No Exit Kampong Java Tunnel SPUI 6 Cavenagh Road
7A Moulmein Road Moulmein Flyover Parclo No Exit
7B Jalan Bahagia No Exit
No Exit Moulmein Flyover Parclo 7C Moulmein Road
No Exit Moulemin Flyover Parclo 7D Jalan Kebun Limau
8A PIE (Tuas) Whampoa Flyover Stacked Turbine 8A PIE (Tuas)
8B PIE (Changi Airport)
Upper Serangoon Road
Whampoa Flyover Stacked Turbine 8B PIE (Changi Airport)
Upper Serangoon Road
10 Braddell Road Braddell Flyover 3-Level SPUI 10 Braddell Road
11 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 Ang Mo Kio South Flyover SPUI 11 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1
12A Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 Ang Mo Kio Central Flyover Diamond No Exit
12B Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 Ang Mo Kio North Flyover Diamond No Exit
No Exit Ang Mo Kio North Flyover Diamond 14 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5
15 Yio Chu Kang Road Yio Chu Kang Flyover SPUI No Exit
End of expressway (SLE) Seletar Flyover Directional T
Start of expressway (SLE)


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