BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE. Photo shows the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway seen from the Mactan Channel. Cebu’s newest bridge is now 87.14 percent complete and is set to be operational by early 2022. (PNA photo by Carlo Lorenciana)

CEBU CITY – The Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway Corp. (CCLEC) has started the online registration for the installation of RFID (radio-frequency identification) stickers, which motorists will need to pass Cebu’s third bridge that is set to be operational early next year.

The company announced on Tuesday that the construction progress of the 8.9-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) project was 87.14-percent complete as of end-October.

The PHP30-billion toll bridge project, which will be substantially completed by yearend, will use an all-electronic toll collection system when it opens in the first quarter of 2022 to provide motorists with safe and seamless travel.

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Topping the construction accomplishment is the completion of the CCLEX main bridge deck that connects Cebu City and the municipality of Cordova. Works have now moved to the construction of the deck’s safety barrier.

“Earlier, we have also finished the installation of all 56 stay cables holding the main bridge deck as well as the installation of all 434 NU (Nebraska University) girders required for the entire stretch of the project. Also completed is the 200-meter pedestrian footbridge. Work on the other segments of the CCLEX project continues to progress,” CCLEC said in a statement.

At the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) on ramp and off ramp sections of CCLEX, ongoing now is the construction of the deck slab following the completion of its substructure and installation of precast planks.

At the Cebu viaduct, the construction of the deck slab is also ongoing. The Cordova viaduct, on the other hand, is now structurally complete and works are now on the construction of the safety barriers.

Aside from these, works are ongoing for the toll plaza, CCLEX Operations and Maintenance Center, and the Toll Operations Center building.

CCLEX is a project of CCLEC, in partnership with the local government units of Cebu City and Cordova.

CCLEC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., the toll road arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (PNA)