Area around Singapore River to be revamped for F1 night race

The area around the Singapore River is getting a new look to give it a night-time buzz, and lighting will be a key feature in the makeover.

The Read and Cavenagh bridges will be fitted with programmable lights that produce different colours and patterns. There will also be lights under the Clemenceau, Coleman and Elgin bridges.

Even the underpasses at Boat Quay, Empress Place and Clarke Quay will be fitted with programmable lights.

The river steps outside Central Mall and UOB Plaza will light up as well.

Floating lights in the shape of jellyfish will be making a splash on the river outside Empress Place. There will also be new street lamps and lights on the trees along the riverfront.

Work on the makeover starts in April and the Singapore Tourism Board is aiming to finish the first phase in time for the Formula One night race in September.

The first phase of infrastructure work stretches from the mouth of the Singapore River to the Cavenagh Bridge and Clarke Quay – about 2km out of the total 3km of works.

The second phase – from Robertson Quay to Kim Seng Bridge – will start in October 2008, and is scheduled to be completed in March 2009.- CNA/so

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 29 Feb 2008

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