A new pedestrian bridge at Marina Bay now links Merlion Park to the waterfront promenade in front of Esplanade Theatres by the Bay. We had intended to open it for public access next month. But it was brought forward to facilitate the many Singaporeans who lined the Esplanade Bridge to bid farewell to our founding Prime Minister on 29 March 2015.
It was Mr Lee Kuan Yew himself who suggested the construction of a bridge, during a 2004 visit to Marina Bay. He had observed that the walkway along Esplanade Bridge was too narrow, and he thought that a friendlier connection should be provided.
This simple but elegant curved 220-metre long pedestrian bridge forms part of the 3.5km waterfront promenade around the bay. Its design allows visitors to enjoy a panoramic view of Marina Bay. The bridge is a beautiful complement to Marina Bay, especially when lit at night.
The bridge will remain open and will be officially launched in November as the Jubilee Bridge, to commemorate 50 years of nation building. As we use this new pedestrian bridge to enjoy Marina Bay, let’s reflect on the vision and the hard work of Mr Lee and our founding generation.
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