Marina Coastal Expressway

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Marina Coastal Expressway
Lebuhraya Pantai Marina
滨海高速公路
மரினா கரையோர விரைவுச்சாலை
Marina Coastal Expressway is labelled in single orange line
Route information
Part of AH143
Length: 5 km (3 mi)
Existed: 2008 – present
History: Opened on 29 December 2013
Major junctions
East end: Tanjong Rhu (KPE, ECP)
  KPE, ECP, AYE
West end: Keppel (AYE)
Location
Regions: Marina Bay, Kallang
Highway system
Expressways of Singapore

The Marina Coastal Expressway (Abbreviation: MCE) is the tenth of Singapore's network of expressways. Construction for the MCE began in 2008 and was completed at the end of 2013.[1][2] The expressway was officially opened on 28 December 2013 by Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo in the presence of Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong,[3] and was opened for vehicular traffic the next day.[4][5]

Route[edit]

The 5-kilometre (3.1-mile) MCE connects with the southern end of the KPE and its junction with the ECP to the eastern end of AYE. This links the eastern and western parts of Singapore to the New Downtown, currently being developed in the Marina Bay area. The MCE, with five lanes in each direction, handles the large number of commuters to be drawn to the offices, homes and recreational attractions there. It opens access to the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore in Marina South and the existing Marina South Pier.[2]

List of Exits[edit]

No. Eastbound exit to road (destinations) No. Westbound exit to road (destinations)
Start of expressway (AYE) End of expressway (AYE)
No Exit 1A Keppel Road
No Exit 1B Shenton Way, Maxwell Road
Start of MCE Tunnel
2 Central Boulevard, Marina Coastal Drive,

Marina Gardens Drive, Rochor Road

No Exit
No Exit 3 Marina Coastal Drive, Central Boulevard
4 Future Exit to Marina East Drive No Exit
5 Fort Road, ECP (Changi) No Exit
End of expressway (KPE)
Start of expressway (KPE)

History[edit]

A video of the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) taken from a car travelling in an east-to-west direction towards Tuas, from Exit 14B of the East Coast Parkway to where the MCE joins the Ayer Rajah Expressway

The expressway comprises a 3.5-kilometre (2.2-mile) underground tunnel, while the rest are at grade or depressed, with a view of the Singapore Strait.[6] The underground tunnel includes a 420-metre (459-yard) stretch that travels under the seabed, 150 metres (164 yards) away from the Marina Barrage. This had posed particular engineering challenges in the tunnel construction as large amounts of water were let out from the barrage from time to time.[7] At its deepest point, the expressway lies about 20 metres (66 ft) under the seabed.[2]

The 5-kilometre (3.1-mile) long MCE is Singapore's most expensive expressway. On 28 April 2009, the Land Transport Authority revealed that it has awarded about S$4.1 billion worth of contracts, much more than the initial estimate of $2.5 billion.[8] The construction of the MCE also required undersea dredging. More than 22 hectares (54 acres) of land was reclaimed to build the MCE.[2] In contrast, the KPE, which is 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) and has portions running under canals and rivers, cost only $1.74 billion.

After the MCE was opened, the segment of the ECP between Central Boulevard and Benjamin Sheares Bridge was downgraded to a four-lane arterial road and realigned. The segment of the ECP between the AYE and Central Boulevard will eventually be removed to facilitate the expansion of the city southwards. As the original ECP layout blocks the expansion of the city southwards, the revised layout allows the city to expand towards the New Downtown.[9]

The first few days of operations was plagued by heavy traffic congestion due to drivers' unfamiliarity with the expressway as well as connections with other roads and expressways. There was reportedly heavier than usual traffic, compared to using the old route via ECP, on 29 December 2013, the first day the MCE opened. The situation was exacerbated on the next day with the Monday morning peak hour traffic. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) erected temporary signage to remind motorists of the changes, and also deployed traffic wardens to assist in directing traffic.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE)". Land Transport Authority. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Construction of Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE)". One.Motoring. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Marina Coastal Expressway "toughest tunnelling project": Josephine Teo". Channel NewsAsia. 28 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Singapore's first undersea road - Marina Coastal Expressway - set to open on Dec 29". The Straits Times. 13 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Saifulbahri Ismail (29 December 2013). "Smooth-flowing traffic as Marina Coastal Expressway opens". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Alignment Map for MCE" (PDF). One Motoring. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Building Challenges". Land Transport Authority. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Marina Coastal Expressway Breaks Ground Today". Land Transport Authority. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Features". Land Transport Authority. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Confusion, jams on Marina Coastal Expressway in Singapore". Yahoo News Singapore. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "MCE gridlock last week due to drivers' unfamiliarity: Lui". Today. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2017.