Motorists living in the islands of Cebu and Mactan can look forward to driving on the soon-to-be-completed Cebu Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX).

According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway Corp (CCLEC), work on the 8.5-km bridge project is now 80% finished, and it is set to open in 2022. The announcement was made during an ocular inspection of the project by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, along with key personnel from CCLEC.

Villar said that he was pleased with the progress of the construction despite the delays caused by the pandemic. Construction of the major on/off CCLEX bridge ramps in the Cebu South Coastal is complete. This integration will allow a seamless journey for motorists when crossing the bridge. Over at the Mactan side, Villar said they have already completed widening certain sections of the Mactan Circumferential Road (MCR) in Lapu-Lapu City and Pilipog in Cordova.

The remaining 20% of construction work includes the finishing touches on the bridge's 5-km crossway portions of the viaduct on both sides and the installation of other structures like girders and diaphragms, which will aid in the bridge's stability.

Cebu Cordova Link Expressway to open Q1 of 2022 image

“We are happy to show to Secretary Mark Villar the progress of the CCLEX project today, three years after he witnessed our initial board piling works. This inspection is also an opportunity for us to thank the DPWH for being a reliable partner during the construction, particularly in observing safety standards at the CSCR and ensuring better access to the project site at the Mactan side,” said Allan Afron, president and general manager of CCLEC.

Once work on the PHP 30 billion bridge project is complete, the DPWH says that it will help decongest traffic in Metro Cebu, as well as help spur economic development in both Cebu and Cordova. To ensure that traffic flow will be quick, the CCLEX will have an electronic toll collection system when it opens to motorists in Q1 of 2022.

Intending to finish construction work by December 2021, it's all hands on deck for both the DPWH and CCLEC.