Orchard Road to undergo S$40m rejuvenation: STB
By Lynda Hong, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 29 October 2007 1051 hrs
SINGAPORE : Orchard Road is set to undergo a S$40 million rejuvenation.
Enhancement works will start late February next year and are slated to be completed in April 2009.
The Singapore Tourism Board says the 14-month construction project will include the closure of the extreme right lane in front of Wisma Atria.
This is to create a wider pedestrian walkway to reduce overcrowding during major events like Chingay.
The entire Orchard Road belt will also be divided into three zones with three themes - flower, forest and fruit, reflecting the history of the area.
"Orchard Road is synonymous with shopping in Singapore...for Orchard Road to become an even more compelling lifestyle hub, we need to invest in both its infrastructure and services," said Margaret Teo, assistant chief executive for leisure at the tourism body.
"These infrastructural improvements will also open up many more entertainment and outdoor spaces for events and activities to create a more vibrant streetscape, thus enhancing the lifestyle experience on Orchard Road." - CNA/ch