Tanjong Rhu Bridge

by Heirwin Mohd Nasir

Built in 1998, the Tanjong Rhu Bridge spans the Geylang River, allowing residents of Tanjong Rhu to cross over to the Singapore Sports Hub.2

The Tanjong Rhu Bridge was officially opened by Koo Tsai Kee, then Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of National Development, on 4 August 1998. It was designed by the Public Works Department (later privatised as CPG Corporation Pte Ltd) with the help of engineering consultant Murray North (SEA) Ltd. Completed in July 1998, the S$5.1-million bridge is 130 m long and 4 m wide.3 The bridge is suspended by 100 one-inch-thick hangar cables and attached to two main cables. These two 4.5-inches-thick cables are anchored to a 19-metre-high “A”-frame located at both ends of the bridge. Residents from the Tanjong Rhu district and members of the public can walk across the Geylang River using this footbridge to access the Singapore Sports Hub.4


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1. Suspension bridge to link area to Kallang. (1997, December 12). The Straits Times, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG. Note that this newspaper report inaccurately states that Tanjong Rhu Bridge is the first suspension bridge in Singapore. Cavenagh Bridge, built in 1869, is also a suspension bridge.
2. The changing faces of Singapore. (2002, August). Skyline. Retrieved 2016, May 31 from Urban Redevelopment Authority website:

http://www.ura.gov.sg/skyline/skyline02/skyline02-04/text/changingfaces1.html; Singapore Land Authority. (n.d.). OneMap. Retrieved 2016, August 2 from OneMap website: https://www.onemap.sg/index.html
3. CPG Corporation. (2015). Our profile. Retrieved from CPG Corporation website: http://www.cpgcorp.com.sg/index.php/about-us/our-profile; Suspension bridge to link area to Kallang. (1997, December 12). The Straits Times, p. 2; Foot-bridge Link. (1998, August 5). The Straits Times, p. 1. Retrieved from NewspaperSG. Note that these two newspaper reports inaccurately state that Tanjong Rhu Bridge is the first suspension bridge in Singapore. 
4. Lim, J. (2008, May 16). Come, stroll at Kallang. The New Paper, p. 69. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Lim, C., & Tay, A. (Eds.). (2002, August). The changing faces of Singapore. Skyline. Retrieved 2016, August 4 from URA website:
http://www.ura.gov.sg/skyline/skyline02/skyline02-04/text/changingfaces1.html; Singapore Sports Hub. (n.d.). Map of Singapore Sports Hub. Retrieved 2016, August 2 from Singapore Sports Hub website: http://www.sportshub.com.sg/Directions/Documents/Sports-Hub-Traffic-Brochure.pdf

The information in this article is valid as at 2016 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.


Suspension bridges--Singapore