On the official Facebook page of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Secretary Mark Villar posted aerial footage of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway’s (CCLEX) ongoing construction, and the clips look dramatic enough as if taken straight out of a movie.
Drone video of the Cebu Cordova Link Bridge
Developed by Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC), the bridge is an 8.5-kilometer two-lane inter-island thoroughfare that will connect Cebu City in the mainland to Cordova town in Mactan Island. The CCLEC is a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) which also owns NLEX Corporation, operator for major highways in the capital such as the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).
According to the developer, the CCLEX is built not only to provide more roads for motorists in the Queen City of the South, but also as an artwork of sorts. The upcoming inter-island bridge aims to one day become a recognizable landmark in the Visayas, similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in California or the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.
The Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Bridge
The inter-state bridge is artistically designed with a 51-meter navigational clearance, allowing ships to move freely underneath the structure. An RFID system will be integrated along with motion sensors, speed cameras, and high-definition closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to maintain safety within the bridge.
Upon completion, the CCLEX will be hailed as one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the country. The bridge is expected to accommodate at least 50,000 vehicles daily, reducing traffic in the areas of Cebu City and Cordova town. It also aims to increase economic activity throughout the Visayas region.
This bridge is one for the books
Thanks to the aerial video shared by the DPWH, the public is updated on the massive progress made on the project in the last four years. The CCLEC expects the bridge to be fully constructed before the year ends, with plans to commence operations in the first quarter of 2022.
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