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Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said he is glad to see traffic on the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) flowing well in a full work week.
SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said he is glad to see traffic on the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) flowing well in a full work week.
Posting on his Facebook page on Thursday morning, Mr Teo, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security and Home Affairs Minister, noted that more people have become familiar with Singapore's latest expressway.
He also said of the MCE: "It was quite an engineering and construction challenge for our LTA (Land Transport Authority) engineers, and will allow better integrated development and traffic flow in our new business district in Marina."
On the second day of its operation last Monday, traffic on some parts of the expressway was heavy, with bottlenecks in exits to Central Boulevard.
The Land Transport Authority has since made adjustments to ease traffic.
When most people returned to work after the New Year holiday season at the start of this week, traffic on the MCE was generally smooth even during wet weather.
Spanning 5km, the MCE has been described as a massive engineering feat.
One of the biggest challenges was building the 420m undersea section, which is just 130m from the Marina Barrage which discharges large amounts of water during periods of heavy rain, making the current strong and sometimes unpredictable.