Casting of CCLEX’s girders already complete

Published May 26, 2021, 8:49 AM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY—The Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is already 70.33 percent complete.

As of April 2021, the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway Corp. (CCLEC), reported that the overall Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) progress of the 8.5-kilometer CCLEX is at 74.86 percent.

With the progress, CCLEX is seen to be substantially completed by the end of 2021 and to open to motorists in the first quarter of 2022.

ALMOST COMPLETE. The picturesque Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is already 70% complete and is expected to be operational early 2022. (Photo courtesy of CCLEC)

In its project updates, CCLEC reported construction milestone with the completion of the casting of all 446 Nebraska University (NU) girders required for the entire stretch of CCLEX.

First produced in the Philippines, the girders serve as the main structural support for the road.

For the main bridge, the construction of the bridge deck and installation of stay cables continues to move forward. Some 152 meters remain before the main span is connected while 36 out of 56 cables are now installed.

At the causeway, backfilling and placement of armor rocks are still ongoing as well as laying of the 20 vent pipes, which are intended to equalize the flow of seawater in the Cordova Channel.

Almost complete also are the four low-lying bridges that will serve as access of the Cordova fishermen to their fishing ground.

Also completed in time for the commemoration of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines last month are eight 40-meter-tall crosses and its light fixture on top of the two CCLEX pylons spanning the Mactan Channel.

The 200-meter permanent pedestrian footbridge has also been completed.

CCLEX is a P30-billion toll bridge that will link mainland Cebu from the South Road Properties in Cebu City to Mactan island through the Municipality of Cordova.

It 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.