Benjamin Sheares Bridge

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

Benjamin Sheares Bridge
Benjamin Sheares Bridge Oct 05.JPG
Coordinates 1°17′33″N 103°51′44″E / 1.2926°N 103.8621°E / 1.2926; 103.8621Coordinates: 1°17′33″N 103°51′44″E / 1.2926°N 103.8621°E / 1.2926; 103.8621
Carries Motor vehicles and pedestrians
Crosses Marina Bay and Kallang Basin
Locale Downtown Core and Kallang, Singapore
Official name Benjamin Sheares Bridge
Characteristics
Design Viaduct
Total length 32km
Width 78m
Height 29m (tallest point at Kallang Basin)[1]
History
Designer Public Works Department (now CPG Corporation)
Constructed by Sato Kogyo and Chan Chee Wah Maunsell & Partners
Opened 26 September 1981

Opened in 1981,[2] 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 29 metres (95 ft). 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 is part of the East Coast Parkway (ECP), at the western end of the expressway. The cost of construction was S$177 million.

The Benjamin Sheares Bridge crosses over the Kallang Basin and Marina Bay, along the southern coast of mainland Singapore. It passes through the planning areas of Kallang, Marina East, Marina South and Downtown Core.

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[3] (formerly the Sheares Bridge Run).

It is also pictured on the rear panel of the Ship Series S$50 banknote.[4]

Benjamin Sheares Bridge and the Singapore Flyer

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  1. ^ http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_32_2004-12-20.html
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-28.  Article on Singapore Infopedia
  3. ^ [1] Singapore Armed Forces Reservists Association (SAFRA)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 June 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2007.  S$50 banknote