Alexandra Canal to be expanded: PUB

An artist's impression of the reconstructed Alexandra Canal. (Photo courtesy PUB)
An artist's impression of the reconstructed Alexandra Canal. (Photo courtesy PUB)

A 250-metre stretch of Alexandra Canal between Zion Road and Kim Seng Road will be expanded to alleviate floods, said the Public Utilities Board (PUB) Monday.

This, it said in a statement, is part of its drainage improvement programme, and will tackle flooding problems faced in the low-lying areas nearby, such as the junction of Alexandra Road and Lower Delta Road, and the area between Jervois Road and Prince Charles Crescent.

The 4km canal runs from the junction of Queensway and Commonwealth Avenue to Kim Seng Road, where it converges with the Singapore River.

A S$46.8 million tender has been awarded to a private contractor to widen and deepen the canal, as well as to reconstruct the Zion Road and Kim Seng Road bridges that stretch across the waterway to accommodate the expansion.

In the meantime, temporary bridges will be constructed to replace them in order to maintain traffic flow.

Three pedestrian underpasses will also be built -- one at Zion Road and two at Kim Seng Road -- to ease the flow of human traffic to the connecting Singapore River promenade.

To allow for cleaner water to flow through the canal, the PUB also said that a rain garden will be incorporated alongside it to help treat rainwater runoff from the promenade.

Four viewing decks will additionally be constructed with landscaping across the embankment, in order to allow pedestrians to enjoy the view of the waterway.

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