Bukit Brown road unlikely to be ready this quarter

In order to ease traffic congestion, the LTA has awarded Swee Hong Limited the contract ER 382, Construction of New Road between Adam Flyover and MacRitchie Viaduct. (Photo: Swee Hong)

The $ 134.7 million road in Bukit Brown was originally targeted for completion in end-2017, but motorists and residents affected by the construction will have to wait a little longer for it to finish, reported the Straits Times.

In August 2013, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) awarded the contract to build the dual four-lane road connecting Adam Road with MacRitchie viaduct via the Bukit Brown cemetery to Singapore-listed contractor Swee Hong.

However, the civil engineering group encountered cashflow issues thereafter, and filed an application to the High Court to deliberate on a debt restructuring plan for its creditors in 2015.

While the company announced last July that it had repaid its loans, the financial problem had already caused delays in the project, and the grave exhumation took longer than expected.

As such, the road appears far from ready as of Monday (13 November), and a person living in the vicinity revealed that government officials said that the road will be finished by late-2018.

“I’m not even sure it can be done by then. It’s causing us a lot of inconvenience already,” said the retiree in his 70s who wanted to remain anonymous. He added that aside from the noise and dust of the construction, cracks had formed in some houses in the area.

 

This article was edited by Keshia Faculin.

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