Cebu-Cordova expressway reaches 61% completion

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Photo courtesy: Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 28) – The Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is now 61% completed, the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC) announced on Tuesday.

CCLEC said the overall engineering, procurement and construction progress of the ₱30 billion toll bridge project stands at 61% while the construction progress alone is at 48%. It targets to be substantially complete the CCLEX by 2021.

"Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, we commit to continue working hard towards completing the project next year for the benefit of the Cebuanos. It is something we look forward to, given the current conditions," said CCLEC President and General Manager Allan Alfon in a statement.

To mark this development, CCLEC will start to install 14 stay cables on each side of the main bridge's two towers which will hold the bridge deck.

A cross on top of the CCLEX pylons, one of the iconic features of the project, will also be installed. The cross, which will be luminous on four sides at night once finished and stands at 40 meters in height, symbolizes Cebu's significant role as the cradle of the Catholic faith.

Other works are also being simultaneously done on the other components and segments of the CCLEX project such as concreting of the bridge deck and Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) on ramp; construction of columns at CSCR off-ramp, Cebu viaduct, and Cordova viaduct; and piling works for the small bridges at the causeway that will serve as access of the fishermen to their fishing ground.

Once completed, CCLEX will connect mainland Cebu from Cebu City to the Municipality of Cordova in Mactan Island.

CCLEX will have two lanes in each direction that will provide a safe, quick, and scenic passage to an estimated 50,000 vehicles daily. The bridge is also seen to ease the traffic in the existing Marcelo Fernan Bridge and the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge.

It is also seen to spur trade activities and open greater economic opportunities for Cebu and the rest of the Visayas region.

CCLEC, a subsidiary company of the Manuel V. Pangilinan-owned Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, is undertaking the CCLEX project under a joint venture agreement with the local government units of Cebu City and Cordova.