SIGNIFICANCE OF PILE CAPS
Mr Iswaran on Friday elaborated on the significance of the pile caps installation works.
A pile cap is a thick concrete mat that rests on concrete or timber piles that have been driven into soft or unstable ground to provide a stable foundation.
A total of 12 pile caps will be installed in the Straits of Johor on the Singapore side to form the foundation for the piers that support the rail viaduct structure on land and on sea or over water.
These 12 pile caps are expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2024, “in accordance with the broader schedule for the project as a whole”, said Mr Iswaran.
Once the pile caps are installed, the pier can be constructed, and soon, the viaduct. This means the RTS Link will be “progressively visible” as the project progresses, the minister added.
RTS Link tunnels will be connected to a viaduct running 25m above the Straits of Johor, connecting the Woodlands North station in Singapore to the Bukit Chagar station in Johor Bahru.