NEDA, project monitoring committee visit 3rd Cebu bridge project site

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NEDA Undersecretary for Regional Development Adoracion Navarro leads the group in visiting the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway project site.

NEDA Undersecretary for Regional Development and National Project Monitoring Committee Chairperson Adoracion Navarro led a visit to the project site of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) in Cebu City last 05 November 2018.

Navarro was joined by NEDA Regional Office (NRO) 7 Regional Director Efren Carreon, other NRO 7 officers and staff, and representatives from the Cebu City Government, Municipality of Cordova, and Department of Public Works and Highways.

Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp. (CCLEC) president and general manager Allan Alfon shared with the group some details about the project, such as bridge specifications, timelines, and implementation mechanisms.

CCLEC president and general manager Allan Alfon briefs NEDA officials on the status of the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway.

Alfon also told the group that aside from being the third bridge to link mainland Cebu and Mactan Island, the CCLEX will provide the following benefits:

* decongest traffic on the two existing Mactan-Cebu bridges,
* serve as additional access to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport,
* help minimize losses due to traffic congestion,
* facilitate trade activities and spur economic development in Cebu and Central Visayas,
* generate more jobs, and
* encourage new investments in Cordova.

CCLEC will impose a base toll of Php85 for the total 8.5 km. length of the project (bridge and viaduct), or Php10 per km., which is comparable with Luzon toll rates.

Structural integrity

Responding to Usec. Navarro’s question on disaster resiliency features of the project, Engr. Robert Utwhatt, project manager of CCLEC consultant COWI A/S, assured that special seismic studies have been done to ensure that the bridge can withstand strong winds, ship collisions, and seismic pressure, and that lessons learned from the design of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge, the second Cebu-Mactan bridge, had been incorporated.

On Usec. Navarro’s question on whether the properties set aside by the project for auxilliary services can also be accessed by the National Government in the future for public services, such as road safety-related services, CCLEC president Alfon said it is possible and can be discussed with the government.

NEDA, project monitoring committee visit 3rd Cebu bridge project site

After the briefing, the group was given a tour of the three sites that are simultaneously used by CCLEC to ensure that the bridge is completed by 2021, in time for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines. These are the site for the batching plants, the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) viaduct, and the area beside Shell Island.

Usec. Navarro’s visit came a week after the Regional Project Monitoring Committee and Department of Public Works and Highways 7 conducted a joint site visit to the area.

The CCLEX is an 8.5-kilometer cable-stayed bridge, viaduct, and causeway that will have two lanes on each side. It will connect mainland Cebu through the CSCR and Mactan Island through Cordova town.

It is being implemented through a joint venture agreement between the Cebu City Government, the Municipality of Cordova, and Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp. for a concession period of 35 years.