After 3 years, Cebu-Cordova Bridge Main Span Closes Gap

IMG SOURCE: Autoindustriya

CEBU, Philippines — After 3 years of construction, work on the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is nearing completion.

The Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC) said in a recent statement that they have already cast the final main bridge piece, cementing the two-meter gap.

The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) and its subsidiary CCLEC, wrapped up construction on the main bridge deck with a special joint concreting covering the remaining gap.

“We are finally at the tail end of the construction of our CCLEX project and I, together with my colleagues, share the incredible pride in this milestone achievement.”

MPTC President Rodrigo E. Franco

CCLEC said that closing the deck’s final segment was no easy feat as it required precise and accurate execution. The two decks had to be tightened securely at the final elevation. With the right amount of re-stressing the required cables before propping them up in their final position, CCLEX was finally completed and will soon provide motorists in Cebu and Cordova a faster means of traveling.

“Today, we have achieved a major construction feat, when the two-meter gap that had separated main bridge deck of Tower 1 from the bridge deck of Tower 2 became one; thanks to a special joint concreting engineering procedure done over the waters of the Mactan Channel, and linking two economies with a lot of promise – Cebu City and the Municipality of Cordova.”

Rodrigo E. Franco, president of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation
IMG SOURCE: Autoindustriya
IMG SOURCE: Engr. Christian Buhawe

CCLEX’s bridge structure alone is almost 2.8 kilometers long and is comprised of the main bridge structure (653 meters), the Cebu South Coastal Road on and off ramps (779 meters), Cebu Viaduct (432.80 meters), and the Cordova Viaduct (917.30 meters). Its two main bridge towers stand 145 meters tall.

Now that both structures have been connected, CCLEC targets to do the finishing touches and open the bridge by Q1 of 2022.

Video courtesy of : Engr. Christian Buhawe

“We can’t wait to see Cebuanos enjoy the ultimate expressway experience afforded by using this bridge.”

Allan G. Alfon, president and general manager of CCLEC

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