Soon to rise: P24-Billion Lapu-Lapu Expressway (LLEX)

First ever skyway in the Visayas and Mindanao will soon rise in Lapu-Lapu city. This was announced by Lapu-Lapu city Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan through a Facebook post on Monday, December 6, 2021. The said project has a budget of P24.81 Billion. 

Photo from Junard “Ahong” Chan’s Facebook

The Lapu-Lapu Expressway (LLEX) will connect from the airport to the third bridge which is believed to lessen the congestion of traffic in the city as well as the travel time of the motorist coming from the airport going to the Cebu south road properties (SRP) to seven minutes.

Chan added that the said project will pave the way for the city’s economic growth as this will invite more investors and offer more jobs to the citizens. This will also become a stepping stone for more tourist spots to rise in the city. 

If approved, the LLEX will be done under a private-public partnership (PPP) arrangement, which will be ventured by Premium Megastructure, Inc (PMI), Ulticon Builders, Inc., and MTD Philippines, Inc.

Project ‘not yet clear’: Council

On December 9, the Lapu-Lapu City Council referred the proposal back to Ahong Chan as it needs to clarify some concerns. The council also added that barangays affected were not consulted by the city.

“Wala siyay consultation sa mga barangays nga ma-affected by this project. Dako kaayo ug impact kay moagi siya sa CLIP, moagi siya sa Basak, moagi siya sa aviation road, but wala ta’y consultation whatsoever,”

– Councilor Michael Dignos

The City Council has also raised concerns on the project’s toll fee, the annual gross revenue share of the city, road right of way, among others.

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