A monumental project that makes use of the latest engineering feats, the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) has become Cebu’s newest icon and a driver of the local economy.
Spanning 8.9 kilometers, CCLEX links mainland Cebu in Cebu City to Mactan Island through the municipality of Cordova.
The artistically designed CCLEX has two lanes in each direction and on and off ramps connecting the main bridge to the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) as well as a viaduct that levels down to a causeway in Cordova’s Barangay Pilipog.
With a navigational clearance of 51 meters for shipping traffic and design speed of 80-90 kilometers per hour (kph), the toll expressway is designed to serve at least 50,000 vehicles daily.
On April 15, 2016, MPTC entered into a joint venture agreement with the local government units of Cebu and Cordova for the implementation of the toll expressway project and creation of the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation to oversee it.
This was followed by a concession agreement dated October 3, 2016 giving CCLEC the exclusive right and authority to undertake the financing, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of CCLEX for a period of 35 years.
The toll expressway will be turned over to the City of Cebu and Municipality of Cordova at the end of the concession period.
CCLEX is just the first of several toll road expansion projects envisioned by MPTC in the Visayas and Mindanao.
MPTC currently operates the 84-kilometer North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), 94-kilometer Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and the 14-kilometer Cavite Expressway. It additionally has three toll concessions currently under construction, namely the 45-kilometer Cavite Laguna Expressway (CALAX) and the 8-kilometer NLEX-SLEX Connector Road.
CCLEX is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the country. It is managed by the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC) under a joint venture agreement with the City of Cebu and Municipality of Cordova.
CCLEC is a subsidiary company of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the toll road arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), a publicly listed infrastructure holding company that forms part of the MVP Group of Companies.
MPTC is the largest toll road concessionaire and operator in the Philippines. Its expansion goals include establishing toll operations in the Visayas, other parts of the Philippines, and in nearby countries, notably Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.