Overall EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) Progress

52.66%

The construction of the 8.5-kilomenter Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway or the CCLEX project has already moved past the 50 percent completion milestone.

Overall Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract stands at 52.66 percent, as of February 2020. Construction progress alone is at 35.44 percent.

All four lifts or concreting of the pier table of the main bridge’s two towers are now complete. The pier table sits on top of the finished substructure or the lower pylon that can now be seen on the Mactan Channel while plying the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR).

The 2 towers as seen from the precast yard on the causeway.

Rebar works for the two towers’ upper pylons are also ongoing. Construction on the bridge’s deck and cable stays will soon follow.

Other ongoing activities at the project site are the installation of girders and precast planks, and deck slabs construction for the on ramp alongside CSCR viaduct. Bored piling for the foundation and column construction are also underway for the CSCR off ramp.

For the Cebu and Cordova viaducts, concreting of the pile caps, columns, and headstocks are underway. Gabion placement and embankment activities are also ongoing for the permanent causeway.

Tower 2 with upper pylon and rebar work.

More than 2,000 workers have already been fielded to ensure the timely completion of CCLEX in 2021, in time for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianization of the Philippines.

The 30-billion CCLEX project will have two lanes in each direction that will provide safe, quick and scenic passage to an estimated 50,000 vehicles daily, easing the traffic in the existing Marcelo Fernan Bridge and the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge.

The span and height of the bridge, which is at 51 meters, will allow large sea vessels to pass underneath.

Cebu South Coastal Road on and off ramps.

CCLEX also features a lighted cross on top of the pylons that will be lit on four sides at night to symbolize Cebu’s significant role as the cradle of the Catholic devotion.

The facility has a design speed of 60 to 80 kilometers per hour. It can also withstand up to a magnitude 10 earthquake and is vessel-collision proof.

Aside from these, CCLEX will showcase several other features and services to ensure a safe and convenient travel for motorists. These include:

Main bridge monitoring equipment

  • Stay cable accelerometers
  • GPS geometric controls for the two towers
  • Expansion joint movement sensors
  • Road weather information system

Vehicle/traffic management and toll collection

  • Emergency parking areas
  • Variable message signs
  • Weigh-in-motion sensors and weighbridge stations
  • IP-based speed cameras and HD security CCTV cameras
  • RFID electronic equipment payment system for toll collection

Once finished, not only is CCLEX seen to reduce traffic and make traveling more convenient but also spur trade activities and open greater economic opportunities for Cebu and the rest of the Visayan region.

CCLEC is a subsidiary company of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the toll road arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), a publicly listed infrastructure holding company and is a member of the MVP Group of Companies.

MPTC is the largest toll road concessionaire and operator in the Philippines, which expansion goals include establishing toll operations in the Visayas, other part of the Philippines, and in neighboring countries notably Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia.