Singapore

Don't take it the wrong way: Highway marking draws attention, and laughs

The road marking read "Nicoll U'pass", to indicate a new underpass linking the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway and Nicoll Highway.

The small apostrophe led some motorists to read it as "up ass" instead, and a photo of the marking posted on the Facebook page of website The Monitor SG on Friday received more than 400 shares, drawing laughter from netizens.

 “So much for the myth that Singapore is a conservative society,” read one comment.

Motorist Mohammed Farhan was driving past the area on Friday with his wife when they spotted it. “She had to do a double take when she saw it,” said the 35-year-old commercial artist.

However, when The Straits Times visited the site on Monday, the road marking had been painted over to read “ Nicoll H’way” instead.

The Land Transport Authority did not comment on the matter and it is understood that the original road marking was intended to be temporary.

Aimed at easing traffic congestion at the KPE’s original Nicoll Highway exit, the $45 million underpass was completed last December.

However, its opening was held back to April 2 to minimise disruption to motorists.

Motorists coming from the KPE and Sims Way can use the two-lane, 300m underpass to head to Nicoll Highway or Stadium Drive.

- THE STRAITS TIMES

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