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.