1981: The Inauguration of Singapore’s Longest and Tallest Bridge

September 26, 1981

On the southern coast of mainland Singapore, a viaduct was officially opened to the public. This bridge, which stands at the western end of the East Coast Parkway, carries motor vehicles as well as pedestrians over the Marina Reservoir in that region of Singapore.

The bridge was named after Benjamin Sheares, who became the second president of Singapore in 1971. He served as president of that Southeast Asian island country and city-state until his death just a little over four months before the bridge bearing his name made its debut.

Measuring 1.1 miles (1.8 kilometers) in length, the Benjamin Sheares Bridge holds the record as Singapore’s longest bridge. This bridge, with a height of 95 feet (29 meters), is also the tallest one in Singapore.

Photo Credit: Terence Ong (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en)

For more information on the Benjamin Sheares Bridge, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Sheares_Bridge

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