The Esplanade Bridge is a 260 metre-long (850 ft.) road bridge that spans across the mouth of the Singapore
River in Singapore with the Esplanade - Theatres On The Bay
on its northern abutment and the Merlion
on the southern. The 70 metre-wide (230 ft.) low-level concrete arched bridge has seven spans and supports two four-lane carriageways and walkways along both sides.
The bridge was built to provide faster vehicular access between Marina Centre
and the financial district of Shenton Way. The bridge offers panoramic views of Marina South and the rest of Marina Bay
. However, this also makes it subject to occasional road closures on special occasions, where the bridge closes to all road traffic to allow spectators and pedestrians to observe fireworks seen during the National Day celebrations, New Year's Eve and the Singapore Fireworks Celebrations. On nights like these, all eight lanes of traffic will be packed with onlookers. Watching firework displays from the bridge has been made more pleasant, as street lights on the bridge are switched off right before and switched back on right after.