The bridge is being built as part of the 8.5km-long Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX). Metro Pacific Tollways Corp (MPTC) and its subsidiary, Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp (CCLEC), finished the main deck construction with a special concrete joint to close the remaining 2m gap.
Stitching the gap has united the deck of Tower 2 with that of Tower 1, marking the symbolic achievement of creating a link between the town of Cordova on Mactan Island and Cebu City on the mainland.
MPTC and CCLEC thanked the hundreds of skilled foreign and local workers behind the construction of the main bridge who overcame challenges such as working at height in the middle of the Mactan Channel and having to follow stringent health and safety protocols because of the coronavirus pandemic.
CCLEX’s main contractor is Cebu Link Joint Venture, composed of Spain-based Acciona Construccion and Filipino companies First Balfour and DM Consunji. CCLEC also engaged Cowi of Denmark with the Philippines’ DCCD Engineering Corp as its technical advisor and Norweigan consultancy firm Norconsult as the project’s independent consultant.
“After today’s main bridge deck connection, we look forward to another milestone and that is opening CCLEX to the public in the first quarter of 2022,” said Allan Alfon, CCLEC president and general manager.