In about six months, a new, wider pedestrian bridge running alongside the Esplanade Bridge will be open to the public. The bridge will form part of the Jubilee Walk trail, which is among the SG50 commemorative activities next year.
Structural work on the bridge was completed early this morning. The last segment of the bridge, which links Merlion Park and Marina Promenade in front of the Esplanade, was installed just past midnight — a symbolic timing chosen to coincide with the Republic’s 49th birthday. With structural work complete, architectural fittings will now begin, such as the installation of tiles, railings and lighting.
The bridge is expected to be publicly accessible by next April, but will only be officially opened as part of the SG50 celebrations next November. The Jubilee Walk will cover historical locations in the Civic District and the Marina Bay area.
The curved 220m bridge connects the Esplanade Bridge at its middle, and will enhance the 3.5km waterfront loop that the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) had planned and built to connect visitors to attractions around Marina Bay.
The URA said yesterday that the pedestrian bridge is designed to provide barrier-free access so that everyone can enjoy the new direct connection. The bridge has also been kept intentionally simple and elegant in its design to complement and blend with that of the existing adjacent Esplanade Bridge, it added.