3rd Cebu bridge almost halfway done

The 8.5km Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is now almost halfway through for 2021 completion date as it is now at 47.32 percent. It will connect the Municipality of Cordova and the City of Cebu. (PHOTO BY: GELO LITONJUA)

Once completed in 2021, it will be the longest of the 3 bridges, connecting the southern towns of Cebu with Mactan Island, where the international airport is located as well as the Mactan Export Proccessing Zone is located.

The third bridge connecting the islands of Mactan and mainland Cebu is almost halfway done, officials from the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) project told local media on Friday, December 6. 2019.

Project proponents say this should hopefully decongest traffic on the older Marcelo Fernan Bridge (completed in 1999) and the Sergio Osmeña Bridge (completed in 1972), both in Mandaue City.

According to project manager Robert Uthwatt, the bridge is also designed to withstand up to a magnitude 7.75 earthquake on the Richter scale, and up to 250 kilometer per hour winds, or about a category 5 typhoon.

Aside from traffic decongestion, project proponents believe the bridge would improve economic investment and generate jobs in Cordova town and improve productivity on the island.

To address this, Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella endorsed a plan to develop an intermodal public transit system, which includes a bus rapid transit system whose stations would be fed by jeepney routes, and connects to a monorail system.

The monorail project – under the unsolicited bid of Udenna Corp’s Dennis Uy – includes a 17-kilometer central line from Talisay City in the south to Cebu City, and another 9-kilometer line from the Mactan Cebu International Airport to Cebu City. –

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