2017: Work Begins on a Major Bridge in the Philippines

March 2, 2017

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the construction of a cable-stayed bridge within the main urban center of the Filipino province of Cebu. This part of Cebu is called Metropolitan Cebu, and it ranks second only to Metropolitan Manila (officially named the National Capital Region) as the Philippines’ largest metropolitan area by population.

Those attending this groundbreaking ceremony included Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines; and Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairperson of the public investment company Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC). Pangilinan used the occasion to emphasize the overall significance of this planned bridge, which would be built across the Mactan Channel to serve as a link between Cebu City in mainland Cebu and the Municipality of Cordova on the island of Mactan. Pangilinan said, “It not only symbolizes the future we are trying to get to, but also demonstrates the progress that we’ve already made to get to this day.”

The Cebu-Cordova Expressway (CCLEX) which is also known as the Cebu-Cordova Bridge, was inaugurated by Duterte on April 27, 2022. It was formally opened to motor vehicle traffic three days later. Measuring 5.5 miles (8.9 kilometers) in length, CCLEX holds the record as the longest sea-crossing bridge in the Philippines. This bridge is managed by the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway Corporation.

Photo Credit: Patrickroque01 (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en)

For more information on the Cebu-Cordova Expressway (also known as the Cebu-Cordova Bridge), please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cebu%E2%80%93Cordova_Link_Expressway

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