Business and industry leaders in the Central Visayas are foreseeing a huge boost to the region’s economy once the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) opens for commercial operations in the first quarter of 2022. 

According to Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) President Felix Taguiam, the CCLEX is “truly a sight to behold, and a positive force for Cebu’s economic recovery.”

Edward Du, who serves as Governor of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) for Central Visayas, said travel between Mactan Airport to Cebu City would take more than 80 minutes by car. 

“Flying from Dumaguete to Cebu would take only about 40 minutes, but traveling by car from the Mactan Airport to Cebu City would easily be more than double that time passing through the congested Mandaue-Mactan bridge and the Marcelo Fernan Bridge,” Du shared.

However, this will all change once the CCLEX is opened to the public sometime in March next year. Motorists will no longer have to pass by Mandaue to get to Cebu City or to Cordova.

Du and Taguiam both believe that the economic benefits that CCLEX will provide will help Cebu bounce back economically, creating a domino effect across the Visayas.

Construction-wise, the expressway is still on track. It’s now 87 percent complete. 

Last month, the Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) reached a major milestone by closing the last two-meter gap of the bridge. The 8.9-kilometer bridge is the company’s first toll project outside of Luzon. 

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Image credit: Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC)