President Rodrigo Duterte together with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Cebu City officials led by Mayor Tomas Osmeña & Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, led the ground-breaking ceremony of the multi-billion Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) in Dapitan-Pilipog, Cordova in Cebu.
The groundbreaking ceremony of the project held on March 2, 2017 was done by conducting an aerial inspection in Cebu City side going to Virlo Public Market in Barangay Dapitan, Cordova town.
The Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway will be like the San Juanico bridge. We hope there will also be a new airport and more railway transits will follow as well. The brdge aims to ease traffic, foster development in the Cebu Province. The bridge will bring greater economic benefit not only in Cordova and Cebu City but to Cebu Province.
The CCLEX, whose construction is set to start this year and anticipated to be completed by 2020, spans 8.25 kilometers linking Mactan Island and mainland Cebu. The bridge will become an alternative route in going to and from Mactan Cebu International Airport. It is the Philippine’s first bridge to have a clearance of 51 meters from the water level and a wide horizontal clearance of 400 meters for ships to navigate.
CCLEC is a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation (MPDTC), one of the country’s investment holding firms known to have designed, financed and managed North Luzon Expressway, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway.
The toll bridge will adopt a single-tolling system where a one-time fee will be collected from motorist, instead of paying it at several tolling stations.
MPTDC will operate the bridge for 35 years before the structure is turned over to the local government units.
Cover Photo: Artist perspective of Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway