The Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is nearing completion and is set to formally open sometime in February of next year, according to Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC) General Manager Allan Alfon. 

Alfon said the structure – worth P30 billion – is already 72.73 percent finished as of March 2021. 

 

Photo from CCLEX’s Official Website

Photo from CCLEX’s Official Website

“Once all punch list items are checked, we target to open CCLEX to our stakeholders or valued users by mid to late February 2022,” he told Manila Bulletin in an interview.

According to Alfon, the 8.5-kilometer expressway will not only decongest traffic but will also improve economic activities between the Cebu-Cordova and Central Visayas region.

“It will not only decongest traffic in the two existing bridges but also provides enormous activities that benefit not just Cebu’s economy but the entire Central Visayas region as well,” he shared. 

Early this April, the CCLEC completed the installation of eight 40-meter-tall crosses on top of the CCLEX’ twin pylons, which commemorates the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines.

Photo from CCLEX’s Official Website

Aside from this, Alfon mentioned that the construction of pedestrian walkways on the CCLEX has also concluded. The 200-meter permanent footbridge – divided into six – will give the public access to sidewalks installed through the stretch of the expressway. 

The CCLEX – once finished – will connect mainland Cebu to the island of Mactan through Cebu City and the Municipality of Cordova, specifically the South Road Properties (SRP). 

The project started back in 2017 and is set to overtake the San Juanico Bridge – which connects Leyte and Samar – as the longest and tallest bridge in the Philippines. It will be managed by the Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation.

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Image credit: CCLEX’s Official Website