Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Alexandra Canal — A new look and better drainage

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CHANNEL NEWSASIA, 04:46 AM Aug 30, 2011

PHOTO: An artist's impression of Alexandra Canal from Zion Road. PHOTO COURTESY PUB, Copyright © MediaCorp Press Ltd

SINGAPORE - A 250-metre stretch of Alexandra Canal, between Zion Road and Kim Seng Road, will be reconstructed to improve drainage and prevent floods.

The national water agency, PUB, said yesterday the stretch will also be transformed into a scenic waterway with recreational spaces.

PHOTO: Singapore River/Alexandra Canal, 14th March 2010

The canal will be widened and deepened from an original 27m-by-3m trapezoidal drain into a 28m-by-5.7m U-shaped drain. This is expected to improve drainage capacity and help alleviate flooding at nearby low-lying areas such as the junction of Alexandra Road and Lower Delta Road and the area between Jervois Road and Prince Charles Crescent.

The PUB has awarded the public tender for the project - worth S$46.8 million - to Eng Lam Contractor Co. The project starts next month and is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2014.

The transformation of the waterway will bring a softer, more natural landscape to the busy urban setting, said the PUB.

PHOTO: Alexandra Canal (An artist’s impression of Alexandra Canal, where residents can look forward to lookout decks with water features, softened canal banks and urban wetland)

A rain garden will also be incorporated to help treat rainwater runoff from the promenade so cleaner water flows into the canal. Four cantilever viewing decks will also be constructed together with landscaping to allow visitors to enjoy the view from there.
By CHANNEL NEWSASIA, 04:46 AM Aug 30, 2011