Singapore River .

Singapore River .
The starting point, Coleman Bridge

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Coleman Bridge.

As you can see from the photo at the top of the blog, this cement bridge behind my group is called Coleman Bridge, named after its first designer George D. Coleman(1795-1944).

There are actually 3 different other Coleman Bridges built over each other over time due to their instability. The very first was built in 1840, made of bricks.
Subsequently in 1865, this bridge was replaced by one made of timber. But apparently, this wooden bridge was not well built. It had to be replaced by the a third Bridge in 1886, this time it was made out of iron.

Finally in 1986, the bridge was demolished as it could not cope with the increasing traffic going through it. A concrete bridge replaced it ever since, until now its still standing and functioning well. When the previous bridge was demolished, some of its features were incorporated into this latest bridge in recognition of its historical significance.

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