CLOSE to a year after construction works has started, the contractors of the 8.5-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) has completed all the bored piles for the foundation of the project’s main bridge pylons or the bar that supports the main structure.
Piling works for the main bridge’s support anchors have also been completed, officials of the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp. (CCLEC) said in a press release.
Progress on the construction of the CCLEX or the Cebu Third Bridge project is already visible at present, particularly for those passing by the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) viaduct.
Officials of CCLEC said the concrete pours for the pile caps of the two towers between Mactan Channel are almost done and self-climbing formworks for the building of the twin pylons or towers will follow.
The toll bridge project started civil works last July 5, 2018 after it broke grounds last March 2, 2017.
“We are delighted to give this update that we have hurdled this major milestone of completing the piling works for the pylons of the main bridge and almost done with the large concrete pouring for the pile caps. We are working hand in hand with our team to complete the works on the other components of the project and be able to deliver the CCLEX, as committed, in 2021,” said Allan Alfon, CCLEC president and general manager.
So far, a total of 1,519 personnel has been fielded for the construction of the CCLEX project.
At present, onshore piling continues for the Cordova viaduct from the temporary causeway while construction of the CSCR ramps’ columns and piers are also ongoing.
Embankment works are also ongoing for the permanent causeway.
CCLEC, a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), will build, operate and maintain CCLEX under a joint venture agreement with the local government units of Cebu City and Cordova.
The CCLEX project will is expected to beef up Cebu’s road network, spur economic growth and boost investments not just in Cebu City and the municipality of Cordova, but also in the entire Cebu Province and Visayas region.
The 30-billion CCLEX project will have two lanes in each direction and will feature the main navigation span twin pylon stay cable bridge, viaduct approach bridges in Cebu City and Cordova sides, CSCR on and off ramps, causeway and toll plaza.
CCLEC awarded the “Design and Build” worth P30 billion contract for CCLEX to Cebu Link Joint Venture (CLJV).
CLJV is a consortium of Spanish company Acciona Construccion S.A., and Filipino companies First Balfour, and D. M. Consunji Inc.
CCLEC also engaged the services of COWI A/S of Denmark with the Philippines’ DCCD Engineering Corporation, as its sub-consultant, to be the project’s technical advisor/owner’s engineer.
Norconsult, a Norwegian consultancy firm, was also tapped as the project’s independent consultant.
Last February, CCLEC held a signing ceremony for the 15-year omnibus loan and security agreement with the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Development Bank of the Philippines, Robinsons Bank Corporation, Union Bank of the Philippines, Bank of the Philippine Islands and Security Bank Corporation.
The remaining funding requirements for the project will be shouldered by the project company.
As planned, the span and height of the bridge will allow large vessels to pass underneath and the link is expected to serve at least 50,000 vehicles daily.
It will also 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 bridge will feature a lighted cross on top of the pylons to symbolize Cebu’s significant role as the cradle of the Catholic devotion. (RVC)