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Both sides of Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway’s cable-stayed bridge joined

Both sides of the multibillion-peso elevated toll road Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway’s (CCLEX) 390-meter central span cable-stayed bridge were recently joined together, the Spanish infrastructure conglomerate undertaking the project said Tuesday.

In a statement, Acciona said the two sides of the P19-billion CCLEX’s cable-stayed bridge were joined successfully by the Cebu Link Joint Venture (CLJV),a consortium consisting of Acciona, First Balfour Inc., and DM Consunji Inc.

Acciona said the project was awarded to CLJV in 2017 by Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp. (CCLEC), a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC).

The project consists of the design and construction of a 650-meter cable-stayed bridge as the principal structure, with a main span of 390 meters between pylons, located over the entrance to the Port of Cebu.

“This new infrastructure includes several viaducts and a section of highway on a 5.2-kilometer embankment,” it said.

Construction began in July 2018, the Spanish company said, creating more than 2,500 direct and indirect jobs in the area, according to Acciona.

CCLEC earlier said the project is expected to be substantially completed in December 2021. 

“The foundations of the CCLEX, designed and constructed to withstand extreme natural phenomena such as earthquakes, typhoons, or tsunamis, are up to 60 meters deep and were built with concrete piles in the seabed,” it said.

“More than 150,000 m3 of concrete, 31,000 tons of Grade-75 steel, and 965 tons of active steel for the cables and columns were used in its construction,” it added.

In addition, Acciona said a launching gantry it designed and manufactured was used to construct the access viaducts to the main bridge.

Targeted to be finished this year, CCLEX would feature a two-lane road, a main bridge, and an eight-lane toll plaza.

The expressway would connect mainland Cebu, from the Cebu South Coastal Road, to the Mactan Circumferential Road in Cordova.

“The operation of the bridge will bring numerous benefits to traffic management in the region, alleviating the congestion currently suffered on the existing bridges by connecting Cebu City with Mactan Island via Cordova and provide a faster connection between Cebu's industrial zone and Mactan International Airport and Cordova's new urban developments on the island, becoming a core communications route that will boost the local economy,” Acciona said. — BM, GMA News