Singapore has been designated the first city in the world to build a net-safe bridge to protect pedestrians from falling debris.
Singapore’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) said the bridge will be the largest in the country, with a height of more than 3.5 metres (11 feet).
The project will include installation of a 50-metre (164-foot) steel cable to provide an anchor to the bridge, which will be covered by a glass panel.
It will be connected to a public plaza and a pedestrian plaza, which the project hopes will also encourage people to walk on it, it said.
Singh Jee Poh, the executive director of the National Balconys Alliance, which manages the project, said the plan is to connect the bridge with other projects across the island.
“This will make Singapore safer and more attractive for tourists, businesses and people who want to visit,” he said.
“The construction of the bridge is part of a comprehensive approach to ensure Singapore remains a safe city for everyone.”
He said Singapore would look to develop other pedestrian-friendly bridges to connect with the other cities, including a new, large-scale pedestrian bridge in the heart of the city.
MOT said the project was still at an early stage, but the city’s chief planner, David Chee, said it was a significant step towards establishing a safe and healthy Singapore.
“It is a very good result, and we are delighted that Singapore is one of the first cities to come up with a good solution to a problem that is so fundamental to the city,” Chee said in a statement.
Singapore has a population of about 2.4 million people and is located on the island’s southern coast, at the foot of Mount Sumatran, which has been a popular tourist destination since the 18th century.
The city has a heavy burden on its bridges, especially after the 2013 landslide, when about 40 people were killed and some 300,000 were displaced.