IN PHOTOS: CCLEX now almost halfway through for 2021 completion target

The construction of the 8.5-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is now at 47.32 percent, almost halfway through for its 2021 completion target date.

The P30-billion project which will beef up Cebu’s road network to provide motorists safe and comfortable travel experience, is also expected to help spur economic growth and boost investments not just in Cebu City and Cordova Municipality, but also in the entire Cebu Province and Visayas region.

Among the iconic features of CCLEX, which is envisioned to be among the landmarks in Cebu when finished in 2021, is a lighted cross on all four sides on top of the two 145-meter tall main pylons.

CCLEX will have two lanes in each direction and covers the on and off ramps connection along the CSCR, the main navigation span twin pylon cable-stayed bridge, viaduct approach bridges in Cebu City and Cordova sides, causeway, toll plaza and an at-grade road connecting to the Mactan Circumferential Road.

The span and height of the bridge, which is at 51 meters, will allow large vessels to pass underneath and the link is expected to serve at least 50,000 vehicles daily.

Project Brief:

  • Cable-stayed main span: 390 m
  • Total Length: 8.5 km
  • Number of lanes: 2 x 2 (total of 4 lanes)
  • Height of bridge: 51m (nav. clearance); 145m (tower height)
  • Concession Period: 35 years
  • Design Speed: 60 kph (at Approcahes) 80kph (at Main Bridge and Causeway)

Project Status:

  • Commencement Date: January 8, 2018
  • Construction period: 1,308 days from commencement
  • Days elapsed (as of Dec. 6, 2019): 705 days (53.90%)
  • Days remaining: 603 days (46.10%)
  • Accomplishment to-date: 47.32%

The new bridge will give Cordova direct access to Cebu City and is envisioned to decongest the traffic in the two existing bridges and provide faster link between Mactan island and mainland Cebu. The facility has a design speed of 60 to 80 kilometers per hour (kph).


As of January 18, 2021

TOWER 2 COMPLETED. The Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) Tower 2 has reached its final height. CCLEX has finished concreting the CCLEX pylon on the Cordova side. The completed pylon stands 145 meters.

As of January 6, 2021

CCLEX PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGE. Pedestrians will have access to the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) through a pedestrian footbridge. The photo below shows ongoing construction of the almost 200-meter pedestrian footbridge beside the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR). The footbridge will start near the U-turn slot of the South Road Properties’ welcome tower and will connect to the on ramp sidewalk of the CCLEX. Sidewalks will be provided in the entire stretch of the 8.5-kilometer toll facility.

As of December 23, 2020

Just before the year ends, CCLEX finished all the piling works in the entire stretch of our 8.5-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) project through sub-contractor Trevi Foundations Philippines Inc. They have driven 494 piles. Trevi, a worldwide leader in the field of soil engineering, is responsible for the installation of deep foundations in the different segments of CCLEX.

As of November 27, 2020

CCLEX CROSS. CCLEX started the installation of the cross on top of the pylons of the CCLEX’s main bridge. The cross, one of the iconic features of Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway, will be 40 meters tall and lighted on all four sides at night. It symbolizes Cebu’s significant role as cradle of Christianity.

As of July 2020

CCLEX: “Our team is currently concreting the portal frame at the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) connection. It is the white structure that is encircled in the engineering render that comes with this post. The concreting of the frame is the reason why we needed to close the area to traffic. We will reopen it tonight (July 19) after we are done with this needed construction work.”

As of December 2019

The construction of the 8.5-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is now at 47.32 percent, almost halfway through for its 2021 completion target date.

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  1. Some are ranting becuase theres cross on its design.For me its just fitting for the cross to be there considering Cbu Citys symbol is the magellan vross.

    • We live in a Majority Christian country. So what’s wrong with putting a cross on the bridge pylon? Christianity is our culture. If people don’t like it, they can simply look away

  2. […] Presently, the third bridge project called Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is under construction and will be completed by 2021, in time for the commemoration of the 500th year of Christianity in the Philippines. Read more about the CCLEX here: […]

  3. Just had an earthquake. What happen if an earthquake occurs and you are in the middle of this bridge?
    Di ba kaha mura ka ug giDuyan? Mga cable good ang gigamit!
    Just thinking! 😃🙃

  4. Connecting Bohol to Lapu-lapu will result to hours and hours of traffic jams in the 2 Mactan bridges. Our our own MEPZ workers, LLC residents and the tourist (from the airport) will suffer from the traffic jams.

    Best will be the Bohol bridge via Cordova.

  5. Does anyone know what is the estimated cost per vehicle to travel across the bridge and if they will offer a monthly or yearly pass option to purchase?

  6. If I’m the one budgeting that 30 billion pesos, I rather invest it for constructing the bridge Lapu-Lapu via Bohol, its a very beautiful life time investment. I will spend only 1 billion for super cat boats via Lapu2x-Cebu to facilitate the travelers Mactan-Cebu.

    • Really? You think ferry boats are better than bridges? Then why did we replaced the Mandaue-Upon ferry boats with 2 bridges?

    • You sound like someone who doesn’t live in Mandaue or Lapu-lapu. Traffic congestion is really bad in this area since vehicles from the north meet with the vehicles from Mactan Island. Rush hour is horrible most of all, vehicles barely move and would last two hours just to pass through. And you talk about investment? What do we earn from connecting Bohol and Cebu anyway, tourism? That leads to more congestion within our City. If you want a life time investment, focus on fixing in our own City’s transport and traffic problem before investing new bridges that connects to neighboring islands.


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