Cavenagh Bridge

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Cavenagh Bridge, Singapore Overview

One of the oldest and only suspension bridge in Singapore, the Cavenagh Bridge spans over the lower reaches of the Singapore River. Previously called as Edinburgh Bridge, its name was changed to Cavenagh Bridge after Sir Lieutenant General William Orfeur Cavenagh. It's construction completed in 1869, making it the oldest bridge that stretches over the Singapore River. Officially opened in 1870, this mighty bridge commemorated Singapore's new Crown colony of the Straits Settlements. This bridge was the last monumental craftsmanship of the Indian convicts based in Singapore. Today, it functions as a footbridge for pedestrians.

Designed by Colonel G.C Collyer, the bridge's steel structure was imported all the way from Glasgow, and Scottish Engineers worked on its construction. The Cavenagh bridge connects the Raffles Place and the Government quarters and served as a convenient alternative to get to the Post Office instead of a ferry. In 1987, the Cavenagh Bridge went through a process of renovation and restoration to preserve and strengthen its structure and foundation. The entire restoration process came up to a total of SGD 1.2 Million. The bridge was designed by John Turnbull Thomson of the colonial Public Works Department's. Built at the cost of SGD 80,000, the Cavenagh Bridge restricted vehicles that weigh beyond 152 kilograms or 336 pounds, including horses or cattle. The public notice that was put up limiting the passage of vehicles in the initial years is still preserved and displayed at the bridge.

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The Cavenagh Bridge is extensively suspended in comparison to other suspension bridges. Constructed in 1869 with a vision to facilitate transportation by the Singapore River, this bridge turned up to be suitable only as a fixed structure. With an insufficient passage area for boats to sail beneath during high tides, the bridge went under refurbishment in 987. Later during 1910's, unable to cope with extensive traffic, the government decided to demolish the Cavenagh Bridge and replace it with the Anderson Bridge. However, the bridge was excused from demolition and was eventually settled only as a pedestrian bridge.

The Cavenagh Bridge is well connected through public transport. The nearest bus stop is B03011, which is 2 minutes away. Bus 531, 541, 547, 652, 656, 663, 665, 700, 850E, 868, 951E and 971E stop here. The nearest MRT Station is the Raffles Place MRT that lies at a distance of 2 minutes from Exit H.

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