More overhead bridges to get lifts

The overhead bridge at Ayer Rajah Expressway, near the National University Hospital, is one of 27 bridges that will be getting a lift. Work will start in the fourth quarter of this year, and is expected to be completed by 2021.
The overhead bridge at Ayer Rajah Expressway, near the National University Hospital, is one of 27 bridges that will be getting a lift. Work will start in the fourth quarter of this year, and is expected to be completed by 2021.ST PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN

First three bridges identified for project located near hospitals, polyclinic

To make pedestrian overhead bridges more accessible for the elderly and the disabled, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will install lifts at 27 bridges in the next three years.

As part of the project, LTA awarded two contracts last December, and the first three bridges to be identified for upgrading are at Ayer Rajah Expressway, near the National University Hospital; Alexandra Road, near Alexandra Hospital; and Pan Island Expressway, near Geylang Polyclinic.

"In this contract phase, we have prioritised pedestrian overhead bridges located near health institutes with high footfall, as these will benefit a larger proportion of seniors and less mobile patients," an LTA spokesman said.

Work at the 27 bridges will start in the fourth quarter of this year, and is expected to be done by 2021.

So far, 26 pedestrian overhead bridges have been installed with lifts. Another 21 will be retrofitted by the end of this year. By 2021, there will be a total of 74 bridges fitted with lifts.

In a written parliamentary reply last month, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said installing a pair of lifts at an overhead bridge can cost up to $4 million, and about $40,000 a year to maintain.

Bridges are selected based on factors such as their proximity to major transport nodes, the level of pedestrian demand and the availability of existing barrier-free alternatives nearby, he added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 03, 2018, with the headline 'More overhead bridges to get lifts'. Print Edition | Subscribe