PIE work site collapse: Temporary bypass road opened on Sunday at noon

Traffic police supervise as a car travels along the temporary bypass road to connect motorists from Upper Changi Road East to Pan-Island Expressway (Changi).
Traffic police supervise as a car travels along the temporary bypass road to connect motorists from Upper Changi Road East to Pan-Island Expressway (Changi).ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Cars travel along the temporary bypass road to connect motorists from Upper Changi Road East to Pan-Island Expressway (Changi).
Cars travel along the temporary bypass road to connect motorists from Upper Changi Road East to Pan-Island Expressway (Changi).ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
A bus travels along the temporary bypass road to connect motorists from Upper Changi Road East to Pan-Island Expressway (Changi).
A bus travels along the temporary bypass road to connect motorists from Upper Changi Road East to Pan-Island Expressway (Changi).ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
An LTA officer inspects the road before opening the temporary bypass road to connect motorists from Upper Changi Road East to Pan-Island Expressway (Changi).
An LTA officer inspects the road before opening the temporary bypass road to connect motorists from Upper Changi Road East to Pan-Island Expressway (Changi).ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - The temporary bypass road to connect vehicles from Upper Changi Road East to the Pan-Island Expressway (Changi) opened on Sunday (July 16) at noon.

The temporary bypass road, which has completed a safety and design review, will remain in use until investigations and recovery works on the affected existing slip-road are completed, said the Land Transport Authority in a statement.

"Motorists are advised to drive carefully and follow the temporary signs on-site," said LTA.

The bypass had been due to open on Saturday (July 15), but was delayed by wet weather.

"Due to the wet weather conditions, more time was needed to prepare the ground, before we are able to proceed with the paving of the temporary road surface," LTA had explained on Saturday.

The accident on a work site at a viaduct in Upper Changi Road East on early Friday morning killed a Chinese national, 31-year-old Chen Yinchuan, and injured 10 other workers.

On Sunday evening, Changi General Hospital said a statement that four of the 10 injured workers have been discharged after receiving treatment. Of the six still in the hospital, two remain in the ICU. 

Earlier in the day, LTA said its officers will continue to render all necessary assistance to the workers affected in the accident.