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Big opening on December 29th Marina Coastal Expressway

The big opening of Marina Costal Expressway will take place on Sunday, December 29th. The project has reached the amount of $4.3.

The five kilometre-long highway, Singapore's 10th expressway, will connect the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) and the East Coast Parkway (ECP) in the east to the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) in the west.

A stretch of 3.6 kilometres of the MCE is built as a tunnel, including a 420-metre section underneath the sea bed. The expressway will have five lanes in both directions and will link motorists directly to the downtown at Marina South through the new connections with Central Boulevard, Marina Boulevard and Maxwell Road.

With traffic currently using the ECP now channelled to the MCE, the stretch of the ECP west of Benjamin Sheares Bridge will be converted to a major arterial road, while the stretch of the existing ECP after Central Boulevard will be expunged, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

It added that the changes will free up valuable land space in the city centre currently occupied by the ECP and allow for future development of the downtown at Marina South. 

Interim roads will be put in place as the Land Transport Authority finalises the traffic network around the new highway's location. The final road network will be up and running in the third quarter of 2014.

Chua Chong Kheng, Deputy Chief Executive, Infrastructure and Development, Land Transport Authority, said: "For the motorists, we will make sure that there are maps and the details are available on our website, so that the motorists can actually learn from them.