Cebu City―Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp., a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., on Thursday formally started the construction of the P26-billion expressway linking this city to the town of Cordova in the island of Mactan.
“We’re finally starting construction of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway Project. It’s a project that would take three years to construct and we expect completion by 2021,” MPTC president and chief executive Rodrigo Franco said.
“This is very important for us because in the Philippines, it’s our first expressway outside Luzon. But now we are expanding in Visayas. Hopefully, in Mindanao as well,” he said.
Franco said the toll for CCLEx would be around P89. The project is expected to help decongest the two existing Mactan-Mandaue and Marcelo Fernan bridges, where traffic is building up in both approaches particularly during peak hours.
CCLEC earlier awarded the P22.6-billion design-and-build contract to Cebu Link Joint Venture, which is composed of Spain-based Acciona Construccion SA, First Balfour Inc. of the Lopez group and D.M. Consunji Inc.
CCLEX is an 8.5-kilometer toll road that will connect mainland Cebu from the Cebu South Coastal Road to Mactan Circumferential Road in Barangay Pilipog, Cordova.
The project will have two lanes in each direction and will feature the main navigation span bridge, along with viaduct approach bridges, a causeway, roadway and toll facilities.
The span of the bridge allows for shipping traffic and the link is expected to serve at least 40,000 vehicles daily. It will give Cordova direct access to Cebu City.
The main bridge of CCLEX will be a single pylon cable-stayed bridge with a span of 390 meters, while the Cordova viaduct will connect the main bridge and toll plaza facilities.
The toll plaza will feature eight lanes in each direction and several toll facilities.