Esplanade Bridge over Marina Bay, Singapore

The Esplanade Bridge is a 261-metre-long (850 ft.) road bridge that spans across the mouth of the Singapore River in Singapore with the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay on its northern abutment and the Merlion on the southern. The 70 metre-wide (230 ft.) low-level concrete arched bridge has seven spans and supports two four-lane carriageways and walkways along both sides.

The bridge was built to provide faster vehicular access between Marina Centre and the financial district of Shenton Way. Construction of the bridge began in early 1994 and was completed in March 1997. The main contractor was Obayashi Corporation while the street lamps were designed by Light Cibles. The bridge then blocked views of the Merlion statue from the Marina Bay waterfront, raising a need for the original Merlion statue to be relocated from the back to the front of the bridge.

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Esplanade Bridge
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Carries Motor vehicles and pedestrians
Crosses Marina Bay
Locale Downtown CoreSingapore
Official name Esplanade Bridge
Characteristics
Design Arch bridge
Total length 280 m (919 ft.)
Width 46 m (150 ft.)
History
Constructed by Obayashi Corporation
Opened 1997

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