Yesterday was the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX). Spanning eight kilometers, the link will connect Cordova with Cebu City and serve as an alternate route to and from the Mactan Cebu International Airport. With its monumental scale, the bridge is certain to become a focal point in Cebu City, the second largest city in the Philippines.
Around 300 officials and stakeholders gathered in Cebu City yesterday to attend the groundbreaking of CCLEX aka Cebu’s Third Bridge Project. The ceremony was celebrated with speeches from the President and other government and local officials as well as the project’s main stakeholders. Several local news media were present and covered the event extensively.
A landmark for the Cebu Province
The 8-km link is designed by an international team lead by local engineers DCCD Engineering Corporation and COWI in collaboration with DISSING+WEITLING, responsible for engineering and technical advice on behalf of the owner, the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation.
The link’s 400m cable-stayed main span is supported by two single pylons, rising to a height of 145 meters. The pylons feature design references to Magellan’s Cross, which has been an important symbol for the area ever since Ferdinand Magellan planted a cross in Cebu in 1521 and baptised the first Christian Filipinos into the Catholic faith.
Besides the main span bridge with a 60m navigation clearance, the project includes viaduct approach bridges and causeways as well as toll road facilities on an artificial island, which has design references to the eight-rayed sun of the Philippine national flag.
One of the largest infrastructure projects in the Philippines
CCLEX is currently one of the largest infrastructure projects in the Philippines and will provide a much-needed additional route from Cebu City to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the second busiest airport in the Philippines.
Envisioned to bolster trade activities, create more job opportunities and help reduce economic losses due to traffic congestion, the new link is expected to enhance economic growth and productivity in the local Visayas region.
Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, with Cebu City as the main center of commerce, trade, education and industry in the Visayas. In the last decade it has transformed into a global hub for shipping, furniture-making, tourism, business processing services, and heavy industry.
Construction is scheduled to begin this summer with expected completion in 2022.