CEBUANOS can now look forward to a third bridge that will connect mainland Cebu to Mactan island as the builders of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) held a ceremony on July 4, 2018 for the start of the project’s piling works.

Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC) President and General Manager Allan Alfon said the event marks the start of civil works at the site for the construction of the 8.5-kilometer toll bridge and road project.

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, Cordova Municipality Mayor Mary Therese Sitoy-Cho, Presidential Legislative Liaison Office Secretary Adelino Sitoy, Department of Public Works & Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) President and CEO Jose Ma. Lim, and Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPIC) President and CEO Rodrigo Franco led the ceremony.

After a short program at the Cebu Ports Authority Lot in front of the Compaña Maritima Building, participants sailed on board yachts to the piling area at the Cebu-Mactan Channel near Shell Island (CCLEX Tower 2), where Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Dennis Villarojo officiated the Blessing Ceremony for the successful completion of CCLEX.

One of the biggest infrastructure projects in the country, CCLEX will connect mainland Cebu and the island of Mactan via Cebu City and the municipality of Cordova. It will help complement the solutions being undertaken by the government to ease traffic congestion in mainland Cebu and Mactan. The project will likewise bring progress not only to Cebu province but the entire Visayas region.

Through its wholly-owned subsidiary Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp. (CCLEC), the Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. is undertaking the CCLEX project in partnership with the Cebu City and the Cordova municipal governments under a Public Private Partnership arrangement. The CCLEX project fully supports the “Build, Build, Build” thrust of the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Photos of the event

The civil works contractor for the CCLEX project is the Cebu Link Joint Venture (CLJV), a consortium of Spain-based Acciona Construccion S. A., and Philippine-based First Balfour Inc. and D. M. Consunji Inc. The consortium members all have proven track record in the construction of major infrastructure projects.

COWI A/S of Denmark, with local company DCCD Engineering Corporation as its sub-consultant, has been engaged as Technical Advisor/Owner’s Engineer while Norconsult is the Independent Consultant for the CCLEX.

Alfon said that aside from providing travel efficiency and improving the lives of people, particularly in Cordova town, the CCLEX is envisioned to become one of Cebu’s top landmarks.

The twin pylon cable-stayed main bridge of CCLEX features a lighted cross to symbolize Cebu’s significant role as the center of the Catholic devotion. The target completion of the construction of the bridge is timed with the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Christianity in the Philippines on March 16, 2021.