As of September 30, 2021, construction progress of the 8.9-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) project was at 85.38 percent.
The P30-billion toll bridge, which will be substantially completed by the end of 2021, will use an all-electronic toll collection system when it opens in the first quarter of 2022 to provide motorists safe and seamless travel.
The project recently achieved a major milestone with the construction completion of the CCLEX main bridge. On October 5, 2021, the final segment of the 390-meter deck was concreted, covering the remaining two-meter gap. This meant that the expressway finally connected Cebu City and the Municipality of Cordova.
With construction on the main bridge now winding up, all form travelers used to build its pier table and deck were already lowered.
All 56 stay cables holding the deck were installed last month.
Also, all 434 NU (Nebraska University) girders for the entire project were already put in place and the mobile launching gantry used to install these was dismantled.
Work on the other segments of the CCLEX project continues to progress.
The substructures of the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) on ramp and off ramp sections of CCLEX, are now complete. Ongoing works are on the installation of precast planks and the concreting of deck slab.
Also finished is the 200-meter pedestrian footbridge beside the CSCR with all six prefabricated steel walkways already installed. The footbridge starts near the U-turn slot of the South Road Properties’ welcome tower and will connect to the on-ramp sidewalk of CCLEX.
At the Cebu viaduct, the construction of deck slab is ongoing. The Cordova viaduct, on the other hand, is now structurally complete with its substructure already done. Installation of handrails and ducting are underway.
At the causeway, works continue with the construction of concrete safety barriers and installation of sidewalk handrails. The placing of 20 vent pipes, which equalize the flow of seawater along the Cordova Channel, is finished.
Also structurally complete are the four low-level bridges along the causeway, which will provide fishermen continued access to their fishing grounds.
Aside from these, works are ongoing for the toll plaza and the CCLEX Operations and Maintenance Center.
CCLEX, highlighted by its iconic crosses on top of the twin pylons of the cable-stayed main bridge over the Mactan Channel, is Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation’s (MPTC) first toll road project outside Luzon.
CCLEX, which will be the third link to Mactan Island from Cordova Municipality to mainland Cebu through Cebu City’s South Road Properties, has a design speed of 80 kilometers per hour (kph) and a navigational clearance or height of 51 meters 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.
CCLEX is a project of Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC), in partnership with the local government units of Cebu City and Municipality of Cordova.
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.