Cebu–Cordova Link Expressway

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Cebu–Cordova Link Expressway
Cebu-Cordova Bridge render.jpg
Render of the Cebu–Cordova Link Expressway
CrossesMactan Channel
LocaleMetro Cebu
Official nameCebu–Cordova Link Expressway
Other name(s)Cebu–Cordova Bridge
Sto. Niño Bridge[1]
OwnerCebu-Cordova Link Expressway Corporation, a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation
Maintained byCebu-Cordova Link Expressway Corporation
Websitecclex.com.ph
Characteristics
DesignCable-stayed bridge
Total length8,500 m (27,887 ft)
Width27 m (89 ft)
Height145 m (476 ft)
Traversable?Yes
Longest span390 m (1,280 ft)
Clearance below51 m (167 ft)
No. of lanes4
History
ArchitectDissing+Weitling Architecture – Conceptual Design
DesignerSENER Ingenieria y Sistemas & Carlos Fernandez Casado (SENER-CFC JV)
Engineering design bySENER Ingenieria y Sistemas & Carlos Fernandez Casado (SENER-CFC JV)
Constructed byCebu Link Joint Venture (ACCIONA-FB-DMCI JV)
Construction cost₱30 billion
Opening2022
Statistics
Daily trafficat least 40,000 (projected)
TollYes

The Cebu–Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX), also known as the Cebu–Cordova Bridge is a toll bridge expressway under construction in Metro Cebu, Philippines which will link Cebu City and Cordova.

History[edit]

Since 2014, PLLO Secretary Adelino Sitoy conceptualized a bridge connecting Cebu City to the town of Cordova.[2] (He also proposed a more ambitious plan of connecting the island of Cebu to the island of Bohol via Jetafe, though the distance of more than 20 km and through the deep Olango Channel make it currently unfeasible.)[2] The construction of the Cebu-Cordova bridge was lobbied by then chairman of the Regional Development Council of Region VII Michael Rama, who became Mayor of Cebu City when the Cebu–Cordova Bridge project was already awarded to a company.[3]

In January 2016, the Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp. (MPTDC), through a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, announced that the construction of the bridge was to commence in 2017. The company in the same announcement said that they will be responsible for the construction and financing of the bridge, as well as its operation once its completed.[3]

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Cebu–Cordova Bridge was held on March 2, 2017. The bridge was the first venture of the MPTDC outside of Luzon.[4]

The bridge played a role in the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines.[5] As part of the commemorations, eight ecumenical "Iconic Crosses" were placed on the two main pylons of the bridge. The crosses were lighted on April 15, 2021.[6][7]

The bridge is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2021, while the bridge is expected to be opened to traffic in the first quarter of 2022.[8]

As of May 2021, the bridge is 70.33% complete.[9]

Operation[edit]

The CCLEX will be managed by the Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp.[3]

Design[edit]

Site where the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway will be built.

The bridge will span 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) and will be the longest and tallest bridge in the Philippines, surpassing the San Juanico Bridge in Leyte and Samar and the Candaba Viaduct in NLEX. It is to be designed by the Spanish firms Carlos Fernandez Casado (CFC) and SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas, while the local firm DCCD Engineering Corp and the Danish firm COWI will be the owner's Engineer. The bridge is being built by a joint venture between Spanish firm ACCIONA, and Philippine firms FB and DMCI Connecting Cebu City and Cordova, the 27-meter-wide (89 ft) bridge is meant to serve an alternate route serving the Mactan Cebu International Airport, serving at least 40,000 vehicles daily.[5]

The 390-meter-long (1,280 ft) main span of the CCLEX will be cable-stayed and will be supported by 145-meter-high (476 ft) twin tower pylons. The design of the pylons were inspired from the historic Magellan's Cross. The main span will have a 51 meters (167 ft)[10] navigation clearance, which allow ships to traverse the bridge. Viaduct approach bridges and a causeway will also form part of the CCLEX, as well as toll road facilities on an artificial island. The toll facilities' design are inspired from the eight-rayed sun of the Philippine flag.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Belleza, Kier Edison C. (December 15, 2017). "Naming new bridge after Sto. Nino pushed". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Sunstar Cebu, "Review on 3rd bridge almost done", October 20, 2014
  3. ^ a b c Baquero, Elias (6 January 2016). "Cebu-Cordova Bridge to be built next year". Sun Star Cebu. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  4. ^ Palaubsano, Mitchelle (3 March 2017). "Rody leads groundbreaking of Cebu-Cordova bridge". The Philippine Star, Freeman. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Cebu-Cordova Link". Dissing+Weitling Architecture. Archived from the original on 21 April 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  6. ^ Letigio, Delta (March 12, 2021). "Iconic crosses in Third Bridge will be lighted on April 15". Cebu Daily News. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  7. ^ "8 crosses light up CCLEX". ph.news.yahoo.com. April 15, 2021. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  8. ^ Cordova, Calvin (May 26, 2021). "Casting of CCLEX's girders already complete". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  9. ^ "Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway construction now at 75 percent; project prepares for electronic toll system". cclex.com.ph. June 18, 2021. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
  10. ^ "About CCLEX - Cebu–Cordova Link Expressway". Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp. Retrieved 24 October 2019.