Marina Coastal Expressway: A road through 'peanut butter'

This soft terrain is partly why capital costs have ballooned some 70 per cent from initial estimates to $4.3 billion today, with about 10 per cent of the new expressway completed. Until plans for the 21km North-South Expressway (NSE) were announced on Wednesday, the MCE was Singapore's most expensive road (the NSE is estimated to cost between $7 billion and $8 billion). And no wonder, with engineers having to grapple with not only the challenge of excavating in old reclaimed land, but also reclaiming - and building on - new land from the sea, as well as digging a 420m stretch of tunnel under the very seabed, in a first for Singapore. In 2007, it was estimated the MCE would cost $2.5 billion to build. "The contract sum to date is about $4.3 billion," Mr Chuah revealed to Weekend Today - another slight increase from the $4.1 billion reported when work on the MCE began in Apr...

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