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SingPower builds temporary roads for heavy vehicles during network upgrading project

Published on Jul 24, 2014 9:21 AM

Two temporary roads linked to expressways have been built to allow heavy vehicles to turn off directly into construction sites, bypassing schools and residential areas.

The 200m-long special access roads, which cost $4 million, are among safety measures adopted by Singapore Power as it undertakes a $2 billion project to upgrade the island's power network.

The precautions, put in place especially for young children, come in the wake of a rise in fatalities from accidents involving heavy vehicles. There were 44 such deaths last year, up by about 40 per cent from 32 in 2012.

Last year, a concrete mixer truck knocked down and killed two young brothers in Tampines, leading to much public outcry. In January, a motorcyclist was decapitated after his bike collided with a tipper truck in Tuas.

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