Overall EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) Progress
As of March 2021, the overall Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract of the 8.5-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway or CCLEX project is at 72.73 percent while construction progress alone is at 66.89 percent. The project is targeted to be substantially completed by yearend.
Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC), the builder of the project, reported that it has completed the construction and installation of all eight 40-meter-tall crosses, including its light fixtures, on top of the two CCLEX pylons in the Mactan Channel.
The crosses were blessed and lighted on April 15 as part of the 500 Years of Christianity celebrations in the Philippines.
Artistically designed, these crosses took inspiration from the cross planted by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan 500 years ago and is a proper tribute to Cebu being the cradle of Christianity.
Also ongoing is the installation of stay cables on CCLEX’s main bridge deck. Of the required 56, 28 stay cables are now up. The installation of the stay cables is being done alongside the construction of the bridge deck.
At the CSCR (Cebu South Coastal Road) on ramp section of the project, all its piers or structure support have been finished as well as the portal frame. At the CSCR on ramp, construction of the piers and headstocks are ongoing. Concreting of the roadway are also being done.
On the construction of the permanent pedestrian footbridge, it is already completed following the installation of all six prefabricated walkways. The 200-meter footbridge will start near the U-turn slot of the South Road Properties’ welcome tower and will serve as pedestrian’s access to the sidewalk of the CSCR on ramp. Sidewalks will be provided in the entire stretch of CCLEX.
At the Cebu and Cordova viaducts, the installation of girders is underway.
The embankment works of CCLEX has also now reached the town of Cordova, particularly at the Mactan Circumferential Road, which is the end of the CCLEX connection in the town.
Placing of filter and armor rocks are ongoing at the causeway as well as laying of the vent pipes.
Twenty units of vent pipes will be scattered along the causeway’s stretch to equalize the flow of seawater in the Cordova Channel.
As to the four low-lying bridges, all of its foundation works have been completed. These bridges will serve as access of the Cordova fishermen to their fishing ground.
The P30-billion CCLEX is a toll bridge expressway that will link mainland Cebu through the South Road Properties in Cebu City to Mactan island through the Municipality of Cordova.
CCLEC will maintain and operate the facility under a joint venture agreement with the Local Government Units of Cebu City and Cordova.
Set to be a new landmark in the country, CCLEX will have two lanes in each direction that will provide a 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.
CCLEX has a design speed of 80 kilometers per hour (kph) and a navigational clearance or height of 51 meters so as to allow large vessels to pass underneath the bridge.
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 Visayas region.
CCLEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of MPTC, the toll road arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), a publicly listed infrastructure holding company and 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 parts of the Philippines, and in neighboring countries notably Vietnam, and Indonesia.