CCLEx, PH's longest and tallest bridge nears completion after 4 years

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is almost ready to witness the opening of its longest and tallest bridge as the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEx) is nearing its completion.

The Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEx) is now at 86% completion
The Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEx) is now at 86% completion | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ CCLEx

On October 29, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) chairman Manuel "Manny" V. Pangilinan, the CCLEX builders, marked a major milestone — the main bridge deck connection. "After four years, we’re finally here. I really feel a sense of pride and relief although we still have work to do," he said.

Aside from Pangilinan, Cebu City Acting Mayor Michael Rama, Cordova Mayor Therese Sitoy Cho, and Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia were also present at the ceremony.

Once CCLEx is completed, it will boast a span of 8.9-kilometer and link Cebu City in mainland Cebu to Cordova town on Mactan Island. It has an 80-kilometer-per-hour (kph) design speed and a navigational clearance or height of 51 meters to allow large vessels to pass safely beneath the bridge.

The CCLEx surpasses the 5-km Candaba Viaduct at North Luzon Expressway that connects the provinces of Pampanga and Bulacan.

MPTC formed a public-private partnership with Cebu City and Cordova to build the P30 billion Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEx). It is now 86% complete and is scheduled to be finished in the first quarter of 2022.

PH's longest and tallest bridge nears completion after 4 years

CCLEx, the third bridge connecting the mainland to Mactan Island, will use an all-electronic toll system to allow for faster traffic flow and seamless travel between Cebu City and Mactan, which is home to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), the Mactan Export Processing Zone (MEPZ), and some of the country's posh resorts and hotels.

It is thought to reduce traffic congestion and make travel more convenient. It is also expected to stimulate business activity and expand economic opportunities in Cebu and the rest of the Visayas region.

WATCH: Time-lapse of CCLEX construction

𝗖𝗖𝗟𝗘𝗫: 𝗡𝗘𝗪 𝗖𝗘𝗕𝗨 𝗜𝗖𝗢𝗡 𝗥𝗜𝗦𝗜𝗡𝗚 Watch this time-lapse video to see how the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway was built through the years. The CCLEX will open to motorists in the first quarter of 2022. 𝗥𝗘𝗚𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗥 𝗡𝗔! Be among the first to use the CCLEX by signing up for an RFID sticker. Schedule your installation at CCLEX is a project of the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, in partnership with the City of Cebu and the Municipality of Cordova. 𝗕𝗘 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗗! Make sure to like our official Facebook page Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway.

Posted by Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway on Saturday, October 30, 2021

To be among the first to use CCLEX, register for an RFID through the Online RFID Registration and Appointment System (ORRAS) at, where they can select a schedule and installation location. Vehicle owners will be required to present their QR codes at the installation site according to their preferred schedule. A CCLEX RFID installer will apply the RFID sticker to the vehicle.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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