CEBU CITY – The main bridge of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is finally connected, a major milestone that was completed three years after the construction of the P30-billion project started.
The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) and its subsidiary Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC) on Tuesday, October 5, wrapped up the construction on the main bridge deck with a special joint concreting covering the remaining two-meter gap.
“We are finally at the tail end of the construction of our CCLEX project and I, together with my colleagues, share the incredible pride in this milestone achievement,” MPTC President Rodrigo E. Franco, who was in Cebu to witness the activity, said in a statement.
Stitching the remaining gap connected the deck of Tower 2 with that of Tower 1, a symbolic achievement of finally linking the quaint town of Cordova in Mactan Island to the highly urbanized Cebu City in the mainland.
The main bridge deck hovers 51 meters above the Mactan Channel.
“After today’s main bridge deck connection, we look forward to another milestone and that is opening CCLEX to the public in the first quarter of 2022. We can’t wait to see Cebuanos enjoy the ultimate expressway experience afforded by using this bridge,” said Allan G. Alfon, CCLEC president and general manager.
The 8.5-kilometer CCLEX will be using a full electronic toll collection system once opened to motorists.
CCLEX’s bridge structure alone is almost 2.8 kilometers long and is comprised of the main bridge structure (653 meters), the Cebu South Coastal Road on and off ramps (779 meters), Cebu Viaduct (432.80 meters), and the Cordova Viaduct (917.30 meters). Its two main bridge towers stand 145 meters tall.