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A new link road connecting Punggol Central to the KPE and TPE (PIE) will open a year ahead of schedule, on 25 November 2018.
Announced by the Land Transit Authority (LTA) earlier today, the new Punggol link road is part of a “two-phase expansion” to provide motorists with an alternative route between Punggol Central, the KPE, and TPE (PIE).
Opened a year ahead of schedule, the new road will also help alleviate current traffic congestions along the Punggol East/Punggol East Flyover and the Punggol Road/Punggol Way via TPE(PIE).
For motorists returning to Punggol from the KPE(TPE), they can also use the new link road to get to Punggol Central without having to go through the TPE(SLE) and Punggol Road.
Besides the new link road, the following existing slips roads in the area will be decommissioned from 4pm on the same date. They are:
1) A temporary road linking Punggol East to KPE(ECP);
2) A section of link road from TPE Exit 7 leading to Lorong Halus; and
3) A slip road from KPE(TPE) exit to Lorong Halus
(Photo Credit: LTA)
Kindly refer to the image above for more details to the road changes.
LTA added that the first phase of the expansion is expected to fully complete by the second quarter of 2019, instead of the third quarter of next year – the original estimated completion date.
The first phase comprises “the construction of roads, three new vehicular bridges crossing Sungei Serangoon and Sungei Blukar, a new flyover across TPE and other associated ramps and drainage works”.
In the second phase, which is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2021, will see “the construction of one vehicular bridge across Sungei Serangoon, new vehicular flyovers across TPE and KPE, a new road from Lorong Halus to Pasir Ris Industrial Drive 1, and associated draining work”.
Once fully complete, the new KPE/TPE interchange will provide a more direct link to and from KPE for motorists in Punggol. It will also meet the future traffic demands from developments in the area.
According to LTA, the use of technology improved construction and helped the new Punggol link road to be completed ahead of schedule.
“By leveraging innovative methods such as the Virtual Design & Construction (VDC), Building Information Modelling (BIM) and extensive precast construction technology in LTA’s road projects, we were able to reduce labour-intensive works, speed up our road construction process and streamline operations,” said Mr Yap Boon Leong, Group Director, Road & Commuter Infrastructure Development at LTA.
“Such technologies ensure enhanced safety in the construction of infrastructures such as bridges or flyovers. We will continue to tap on technology in our road works to deliver benefits to residents and other road users,” Mr Yap added.
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