The Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is now 70.33 percent complete, according to Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC). 

Apart from this, CCLEC’s update reported that the overall Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) progress of the 8.5-kilometer bridge is already at 74.86 percent. 

In a Facebook post, CCLEC shared their latest milestone, specifically the casting of 446 NU (Nebraska University) girders essential for the entire CCLEX. 

CONSTRUCTION MILESTONE We have completed the casting of all 446 NU (Nebraska University) girders required for the entire...

Posted by Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway on Monday, May 24, 2021

The girders will serve as the main structural support for the entire stretch of the bridge. They were installed at on ramp and off ramp sections of the CCLEX, on the Cebu viaduct, Cordova viaduct, and low-lying bridges on the causeway.

When it comes to the main bridge, construction is moving forward smoothly with only 152 meters remaining before it connects to the main span. And out of the 56 cables needed to hold the bridge up, 36 have been put up.

Another feature that’s been accomplished is the 200-meter permanent pedestrian footbridge, which will serve as pedestrian access to the sidewalk of the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) on-ramp. 

Sidewalks will be available along the whole stretch of the bridge. 

Meanwhile, ongoing work on the bridge includes the backfilling and placement of armor rocks at the causeway, the laying down of 20 vent pipes – intended to equalize the flow of seawater in the Cordova Channel.

With how things are going, the infrastructure project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. It’s scheduled to open to motorists in the first quarter of 2022.

The CCLEX has a price tag of P30 billion and will link mainland Cebu from the South Road Properties in the city to Mactan island through the Municipality of Cordova.

It’s set to ease traffic by accommodating 50,000 vehicles a day and encourage economic growth in Cebu and the rest of the Visayas region.

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Image credit: Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC)