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IMF = Road repavements & closures

It’s amazing how much effort the Singapore govt puts into just a single event just to make a bunch of angmohs happy. Imagine – over the past few months they’ve been relaying and repaving roads at breakneck speeds, almost 24/7 regardless of heavy traffic conditions (e.g. Orchard Road). Now, they’re closing the roads around the IMF event vicinity, perhaps for security reasons but prob also to ‘show’ the angmohs how well managed, clean and uncongested our roads are. Now if only they put in the same effort in things like freedom of expression and press.

(From motoring@Asia1) Several roads around the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre will be closed from Sept 10 to 20, to facilitate the IMF and World Bank meetings to be held there. These include sections of Nicoll Highway, Temasek Boulevard and Raffles Boulevard. A section of North Bridge Road will also be closed for a few hours on selected days within the same period, as will be some lanes along other roads in the Marina Bay area. The police have advised public to take public transport when possible, and to be prepared for last minute changes to traffic and bus routes. Due to the closures several bus routes will be affected, and the taxi stand in front of Suntec Singapore along Temasek Boulevard will be closed. The convention centre will be closed from Sept 8 to 20, but shopping areas like the Suntec City Shopping Mall, Marina Square Shopping Mall, Millenia Walk and CityLink Mall will continue to be open. Visit the Singapore Police Force Singapore 2006 website for more details go to the on traffic arrangements and road closures.

Traffic will be diverted at the junctions of:


  • Nicoll Highway and Republic Avenue
  • Bras Basah Road and Nicoll Highway
  • Esplanade Drive and Stamford Road
  • Middle Road and Nicoll Highway
  • Temasek Boulevard and Temasek Avenue

To enter the Marina Bay area, use:


  • East Coast Parkway (ECP) and exit at Rochor Road or
  • Republic Avenue via Crawford Street

For more information, please visit http://www.singapore2006.org/sections/announcement/announcement11082006.html

(Update: Day 1 Monday, Sept 11, ECP)

Traffic on the ECP at 8.30am – I’ve never seen the ECP towards town so jammed up before. We’re talking average speeds of 15-20kmh at the very max from the Marine Parade exit thru the speed cam before Rocher, and 40kmh from the Rocher exit thru Prince Edward. All in, it takes about 40 mins to clear Marine Parade to Raffles Place. Motorists living in the east, you’ve been warned..

(Update: Day 2 Tuesday, Sept 12, ECP)

According to the Singapore media: “the traffic was even lighter than the usual peak-hour traffic in and around the Suntec vicinity.” I don’t know what the producers/journos are smoking (ain’t weed supposed to be illegal here?) but there’s NO WAY traffic was lighter, unless you’re standing in the middle of the blocked streets. ECP at 7.30am in the morning was worse than ever….. same old 20kmh traffic speeds, not easing up till about 500m from the prince edward exit. More and more people are thinking that using the east coast park slip roads helps in beating the ECP jam – NOT. The jamups at the road junctions and the ramp up to the expressway actually makes you a little slower. My advice, dump the propaganda the media is dishing out, and get a bright and early start to your day…and remember to drive safe, I don’t want you kissing my bumper at any point 😉


August 28, 2006 - Posted by | News & Events

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