It's been more than two years since Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) officially started work on the 8.5-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX). Set to link the island of Cebu with the municipality of Cordova in Mactan, the upcoming bridge will shorten travel time between the two islands.

Fast forward to the present time, and MPTC has just announced that the overall engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of CCLEX is now at 61%.

To mark this significant development, MPTC has begun installing the stay cables that will hold the bridge deck, as well as the installation of the cross on top of the CCLEX pylons – one of the iconic features of the bridge itself.

Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway now 61% complete image

“CCLEX is set to be nearing substantial completion in 2021. Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, we commit to continue working hard towards completing the project next year for the benefit of the Cebuanos. It is something we look forward to, given the current conditions,” said Allan Alfon, president and General Manager of CCLEX Corporation.

There will be a total of 14 stay cables on each side of the main bridge's two towers with a total of 56 cables. Each one will vary in length between 60 meters to 210 meters, all of which will be anchored on the pylon and the deck. On the other hand, the lighted cross will be luminous on four sides at night once finished and will stand 40 meters tall. According to MPTC, the cross itself symbolizes Cebu's significant role as the cradle of Catholic devotion.

Aside from putting up the pylons and stay cables, MPTC has been busy constructing the other parts of the bridge. These include the concreting of the bridge deck and the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) on-ramp, making the columns for the CSCR off-ramp, Cebu viaduct, and Cordova viaduct. Piling works for the small bridges at the causeway that will serve as access points for fishermen to their fishing grounds are also underway.

Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway now 61% complete image

Once the bridge is completed, it will have two lanes in each direction and will provide a scenic route between the islands of Cebu and Mactan. MPTC estimates that it will serve 50,000 vehicles daily, which will greatly reduce traffic in the existing Marcelo Fernan Bridge and the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge. To prevent the buildup of traffic, CCLEX will have an eight-lane toll plaza to accommodate motorists that wish to cross the bridge.

With MPTC looking to have it opened to the public sometime in 2021, Cebuanos will soon have a faster way of traveling between the islands of Cebu and Mactan. Let's just hope that the weather does not disturb the construction of CCLEX too much.