Contributed Image of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge by Dave Burcer Cesa

The completion of the 8.25 kilometers Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEx) becomes more interesting as Metro Pacific Investments Corp., the biggest toll road developer in the country and current owner of NLEX, SCTEX, and Cavitex, plans on extending this project all the way to Mactan Cebu International Airport. As progress of the CCLEx become more visible upon passing by the South Road Properties, an expansion of this toll bridge that is bound to connect mainland Cebu City and the town of Cordova in Mactan Island is now being studied by the local government according to the infrastructure holding firm chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan.

CCLEx is said to be the longest bridge that would connect two islands in the Philippines upon its completion by 2021 with the help of approximately 1,500+ personnel working on field for construction. It aims to alleviate the traffic congestion and further boast the economy of the province given the 50,000 vehicle capacity that it can accommodate daily. MPIC expressed great interest in developing the fourth bridge to the airport and is now duly supported by the Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. for the feasibility study. This said extension to Mactan-Cebu International Airport would cost to up to P8 billion to P10 billion pesos.

According to the President of MPTC, the fourth bridge would be quite shorter than the P30 billion CCLEx project and would probably be built on the side of mainland Cebu. It can be remembered that the CCLEx project broke ground on March 2, 2017 led by President Rodrigo Duterte as part of the public-private partnership program of the administration and “Build, Build, Build” Program. Along with this are other flagship projects that were approved by the Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee and the Cabinet-level Committee on Infrastructure (INFRACOM) like the Panay-Guimaras-Negros Bridge, the Samal Island-Davao City connector bridge, and the Cebu Monorail System.

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