New centre to update affected residents

New centre to update affected residents

 

The Project Community and Control Centre will also ensure that any congestion is cleared fast

 

By Yeo Ghim Lay

 

CONSTRUCTION started yesterday on a massive road project, but the ground work – preparing the community for it – began much earlier.

 

Land Transport Authority (LTA) officers started fanning out to brief residents and shopkeepers in Potong Pasir and Geylang Bahru on the project late last year.

 

And in a first, the LTA will set up an information centre to keep affected residents informed of its progress.

 

LTA chief executive Yam Ah Mee said the move is part of a push to make the transport system people-centred.

 

Work on the $130 million project, called the Woodsville Interchange, is slated to be completed by end-2011.

 

It will see the construction of three tunnels to connect four roads – Serangoon Road, Upper Serangoon Road, Bendemeer Road and MacPherson Road.

 

A flyover will also link the Pan-Island Expressway to Kallang Way.

 

Until then, the LTA will operate its information centre, the Project Community and Control Centre – nattily dubbed PC3 – which will be up and running in a few months.

 

During its opening hours from 9am to 5pm on weekdays, residents will be able to drop by and view exhibits of the project and find out about how it is coming along.

 

PC3 will monitor traffic in the vicinity and ensure that congestion from accidents is cleared promptly.

 

A newsletter will go out to residents to keep them in the loop on the construction work.

 

Mr Yam also disclosed that the LTA will keep track of the North-East MRT Line, which sits 5m below the area where the road tunnels are to be built.

 

The Woodsville Interchange work is part of the projects worth $54 billion lined up to improve Singapore’s land transport network over the next decade or so.

 

LTA chairman Michael Lim said that while the projects have whipped up an extraordinary demand for construction resources, they have also opened up opportunities for construction companies.

 

The LTA has also publicised these projects overseas to broaden the supply of manpower and equipment and to ‘keep costs in check through competitive tendering’, he said.

 

Woodsville Interchange is to be built by Hong Kong’s Gammon Construction.

 

Referring to the noise residents can expect during the work, Mr Lim said: ‘LTA, together with grassroots leaders, has worked hard to advise everyone who will be affected of what to expect.’

 

Mr Ong Tang Kwee, 64, a retiree who lives near Potong Pasir MRT station, looks forward to the easing of traffic as promised by the project.

 

He said: ‘The traffic jams here can be quite bad. I now take up to 15 minutes just to clear Serangoon Road to get home.’

 

Source: Straits Times

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