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An unusual overhead bridge

Overhead bridges are a dime a dozen in Singapore, but this one at the junction of Serangoon Road and St Barnabas Lane caught my eye because of its unusual make and design.

Firstly, it has no shelter, exposing pedestrians to the elements. It reminds me of the overhead bridges of old. It is as if upgrading had given it a pass.

Secondly, the centre portion has no metal railings; instead, the sides are made of concrete and stone.

The overhead bridge from below:

The centre portion is also devoid of the usual bougainvillea shrubs adorning the ledges.

At the top of the overhead bridge. Not a place to be when it’s storming...

A view of Serangoon Road, facing the city. The sides are pretty low...

This is Bridge No. 50422, looking into Bendemeer Primary School.

Overhead bridges have been around since the 1960s, but they only began appearing in street directories between 1984 and 1988. Bridge No. 50422 appears in the 1988 street directory, which makes it at least 34 years old.

This stretch of Serangoon Road is busy, and road upgrading is common in Singapore, so who knows how long this overhead bridge will stick around for.


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