CEBU CITY-- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday afternoon led the groundbreaking ceremony of the PHP27.9-billion Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway CCLEX), the third link between the Cebu mainland and Mactan Island.
The ceremony was held in Sitio Dapitan, Pilipog in Cordova town on Mactan Island.
Among those who attended the ceremony were Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena, Cordova Mayor Therese Sitoy-Cho, Secretary Adelino Sitoy, Presidential Adviser on Legislative Affairs and Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman of the Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation MPDTC).
MPDTC, the project proponent, entered into a joint venture agreement with the Cebu City Government and the Cordova Municipal Government, to undertake the third bridge that will connect Cebu City to Mactan Island.
The actual construction of the CCLEX, a toll bridge, is set to start in the second quarter of the year.
The Cordova side of the CCLEX will be in Barangay Pilipog, Cordova, while the Cebu City side will be at the South Road Properties SRP).
The 8.25-kilometer toll-bridge will be constructed 7.5 kilometers south of the old Mandaue Bridge.
MPDTC officials told PNA the bridge will be at least 40 meters above sea level, double the height of the two existing Mandaue-Mactan bridges, to accommodate big vessels entering the southern entrance of the Mactan Channel towards the Cebu City port.
Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena said no house will be demolished on the Cebu City side because it will be at the unoccupied portion of the SRP.
The SRP now hosts the SM Seaside City and a mixed-use development of Filinvest Land Inc.
Source: Philippines News Agency