Singapore LTA awards $458m contract for section of NSC tunnels

WCN Editorial Team 31 Jan 2019 ASIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Shanghai Tunnel Engineering (Singapore) has secured a S$615.9m ($458m) contract from the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) for a road tunnel, an MRT station box and commuter facilities between Sin Ming Avenue and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 as part of the North-South Corridor (NSC) project.

Work, which will include the construction of pedestrian overhead bridges, bus stops, sheltered walkways and cycling paths, is expected to begin by the second quarter of 2019.

Under the terms of the contract, the Singapore-based company will design and construct an 800m dual three-lane road tunnel integrated with the future Cross Island Line Teck Ghee MRT station and associated escape staircases and entrances.

Previously, it has completed several railway infrastructure projects with tunnels in Circle Line, Downtown Line and Tuas West Extension.

The company is currently involved in the construction of tunnels between Woodlands Avenue 12 and Mandai Depot, Shenton Way Station and tunnels, Katong Park Station and tunnels, as well as Bayshore Station and tunnels for Thomson-East Coast Line.

Earlier in December 2018, the LTA has awarded six contracts totalling S$3.14bn ($2.3bn) to design and construct tunnels and commuter facilities, including pedestrian overhead bridges and bus stops, for six sections of the NSC.

Work will be carried out between East Coast Parkway (ECP) and Victoria Street; Victoria Street and Kampong Java Road; Marymount Lane and Pemimpin Place; Pemimpin Place and Sin Ming Avenue; Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9; and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 and Sungei Seletar.

The six contracts have been awarded to GS Engineering; Ssangyong Engineering and Wai Fong Construction joint venture; Singapore branch of China Railway First Group (CRFG); Hwa Seng Builder, Chye Joo Construction and Ho Lee Construction joint venture; Lum Chang Building Contractors; and Ssangyong Engineering.

Work is expected to commence by the end of 2019.

The 21.5km NSC, Singapore’s first integrated transport corridor, will feature continuous bus lanes and at-grade cycling trunk routes, to serve public bus commuters, cyclists and pedestrians, in line with the government’s car-lite vision.

The NSC, which will connect ECP in the south to Admiralty Road West in the north, is expected to be completed in 2026.

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Image: A rendering of the North-South Corridor. Photo: Courtesy of Government of Singapore.

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