In October 2020, Metro Pacific Tollways (MPTC) announced that progress on the 8.5-kilometer Cebu Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) passed the halfway mark at 61%. The massive bridge project will link the island of Cebu with the municipality of Cordova in Mactan once completed.

MPTC recently published a progress report on the project. According to them, the bridge is now at 70%. MPTC said it is set to be finished by the end of the year and will be opened to motorists in Q1 of 2022.

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In a statement, Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp. (CCLEC) said they are now installing the remaining girders for the entire stretch of CCLEX. Not only that, but the construction of the bridge deck and installation of stay cables continues to move forward. Some 152 meters remain before the main span is connected, while 36 out of 56 cables are now in place.

At the causeway, MPTC is also busy putting armor rocks and vent pipes that will equalize water flow in the Cordova Channel. Meanwhile, almost set to be completed are four low-lying bridges that will serve as access for the Cordova fishermen to their fishing grounds.

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Last but not least, the CCLEX will have permanent sidewalks for its entire stretch. There's also the 200-meter pedestrian footbridge that starts near the U-turn of the South Road Properties' welcome tower.

Once completed, the four-lane bridge (two lanes per direction) will benefit around 50,000 vehicles daily. This will ease traffic in the existing Marcelo Fernan Bridge and the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge as it will serve as an alternate route.

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“Not only is CCLEX seen to reduce traffic and make traveling more convenient but also spur trade activities and open greater economic opportunities for Cebu and the rest of the Visayas region,” said Allan Alfon, president and general manager of CCLEC.

With a total budget of PHP 30 billion, we're curious just how much the toll will be to cross the 8.5-kilometer bridge.