Benjamin Sheares Bridge

By Cornelius-Takahama, Vernon written on 1997-11-10
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Benjamin Sheares Bridge, longest bridge in Singapore, located in the Central Region. Completed and opened in 1981, it honours the second President of Singapore, Dr Benjamin Henry Sheares. It arches high above land reclaimed from the sea and provides a speedy connection between Changi Airport in the east and Shenton Way in the heart of the business district. This expressway bridge also links Marina Bay and Marina Centre, Rochore Road and Ophir Road.


The building of the Benjamin Sheares Bridge began in 1977 at a cost of S$177 million, and was completed on 26 September 1981. It is 1,855 m in 23 spans, making it the longest bridge in Singapore. It is named after the second President of Singapore, the late Dr. Benjamin Henry Sheares (1971-1981). The bridge is one of modern Singapore's most spectacular and much photographed landmarks. It is also the most magnificent of the expressway bridges, climbing from street level, then soaring over asphalt and water, so high that full-sized ships can pass beneath in its shadows.



Author
Vernon Cornelius



References 
Cheong, C. (1992). Framework and foundation: A history of the Public Works Department (p. 59). Singapore: Times Editions.
(Call no.: SING 354.5957008609)

Singapore days of old: A special commemorative history of Singapore published on the 10th anniversary of Singapore Tatler (p. 94). (1992). Hong Kong: Illustrated Magazine.
(Call no.: RSING 959.57 SIN)
 



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Subject
Architecture and Landscape>>Architectural Styles
Commerce and Industry>>Transportation
Bridges--Singapore
Express highways--Singapore
Transportation--History--Singapore
Arts>>Architecture>>Architectural structure
Science and technology>>Engineering>>Transportation engineering



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