Is MCE the Most Congested Expressway?

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Our 10th Expressway was opened to the public on the 29th Dec 2013. It is the most expensive expressway costing more than $4 billion and the most difficult to build touted as a great engineering feat overcoming many difficulties. It’s supposed to be offer a seamless travel from the one end of the island to the other replacing the old proven ECP rendering our iconic Sheares Bridge and Rochor Link Road (coming down from Sheares to Rochor Rd) obsolete. Precious land could then be freed for more buildings thus raking in more billions to our reserves. That will compensate for the heavy MCE investment.

Well, it is supposed to be a great achievement having invested tons of money on MCE. Is that so? I’ve not tried the new MCE yet. But from the internet, it seems that every motorist and non-motorist (taking taxi costing much more) using the MCE is fuming with rage! What is happening to our Singapore brand of efficiency and careful calibration? It’s quite embarrassing really.

Some of the reasons to the spontaneous frustrations are elaborated below. Click on the links below to read. I need not go into the details. Suffice to say that some of the confusing or teething problems could have been avoided. As usual why didn’t they anticipate them? More road signages, better painted directions on the lanes to direct the huge traffic to the correct exits. Common sense will also tell you that from 4 or 5 lanes narrow down to two-lane only exit at Fort Road will definitely result in massive jam when so much traffic trying to get out of the MCE via that slip road. Understandably, netizens are quick to point out that the MCE is “Massive or Most Congested Expressway!” We did not experience such issues on the other nine expressways.

Why not re-open the old highway via Sheares Bridge to ease the current jams along MCE? Let it run parallel to the existing MCE until it is stabilized? Is there any hurry to shut down the old expressway in view of the MCE langgar situation?

Before the MCE fisaco, there was the new DTL official opening when it broke down for a while on its first day of operations. Both relating to public transportation. I wonder what is happening to our world class planners? Do we declare proudly as a world class transport hub when we could not even get these basic things right?

What a way to end the year? It’s going to be an unhappy year for those caught in the massive MCE jam. That, and the backpedal over DNC registry – bowing to pressure from big business is a shame!

Lohcifer commented when I was musing whether as citizens do we have the right to voice our unhappiness at the current fiasco? “Of course. We pay tax. We elect them to office. We pay them top salaries. The project cost over 4 billion. And what happened?”

Let’s hope that those problems could be resolved when the New Year begins. Whatever it is, I would like to wish all my readers a Happy New Year. May your dreams and wishes come through for the new year.

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Links :
http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/marina-coastal-expressway/story/motorists-fume-over-slow-traffic-along-newly-opened-ma
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expressways_of_Singapore
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expressways_of_Singapore

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The passenger decided to walk instead of sitting inside the taxi caught in the jam

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About Gintai_昇泰

I'm a Chinese Singaporean living in the Eastern part of Singapore. I tweet on current affairs & inspirational quotes. I blog on issues or events if they interest me. I write for pleasure. I also write mainly for my family and friends. At least they know I'm still alive and well. It's a free country. No one is forcing you to read if you don't like what I write. I'm entitled to my own opinions. Having said that, there are still retards, morons and losers out there hiding behind anonymity hurling all kinds of insults and wicked remarks on my blog. I guess we'll just have to live with these cowardly mangy dogs found in any society. Sigh!
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4 Responses to Is MCE the Most Congested Expressway?

  1. agongkia says:

    Happy New Year to You and everyone here.
    My first posting in 2014 goes to your blog.My New Year hope and resolution is as usual to stay happy and healthy ,work longer hours ,but this year,hug more of those You know Who and less kpkb especially on those Phua Kay issues…….

    I travel from Jurong AYE to ECP directly in the past and now use(or have to use) AYE ,pass MCP to ECP to continue with my journey to the East.
    Not caught in any jam at MCP but just feel that the distance I travel is much longer than in the past when I travel from AYE to ECP.I need to confirm again because there is no reason for my journey to be longer.
    However ,maybe one plus point .I remember seeing a big vessel /ship quite nearby.Wonder is that the sea.That is a good scenery to me.Should have some chairs and tables built and that can be a good place for beer while watching scenery.Only fear is that some driver may be too engross on that beautiful scenery and I foresee some accidents.And of course, hope the sea water if there is do not flood.
    Congratulation and best wishes on our new achievement.

  2. Agongkia,
    Thks for your comment. Just like you I also miss the scenery with the new MCE.

  3. My passenger boarded at Cantonment Rd and wanted to drop off at Garden By the Bay. Took Kepple Rd and up to old ECP to go via Marina South on the left. Was shocked to find slip road to Marina South closed. No choice but to proceed straight ahead and immediately had to decide whether to go straight into MCE or turn left. Luckily saw a street sign that says “Marina Garden Drive”. Assumed “Garden” got to do with Garden By the Bay, so turned left quickly. Wow!, luckily got it right or get ready to get screwed by pax. Happy New Year Everyone!!!.

  4. jackjock says:

    Nah, you dont judge a project based on 1 days observation

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