Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (3)

The Cebu Link Joint Venture (CLJV), a consortium consisting of ACCIONA, First Balfour, and DMCI, joined both sides of the 390-meter central span of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway cable-stayed bridge in a P20-billion ($400 million) undertaking.

The project, awarded in 2017 by the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC), a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways (MPTC), consists of the design and construction of a 650-meter cable-stayed bridge as the principal structure, with a main span of 390 meters between pylons, located over the entrance to the Port of Cebu.

The new infrastructure includes several viaducts and a section of highway on a 5.2-kilometer embankment.

Construction began in July 2018, after the client’s design approval, and lasted until September 2021, creating more than 2,500 direct and indirect jobs in the area.

Due to its construction’s technical and logistical complexity, ACCIONA and the joint venture partners carried out most of the work on a self-performing basis.

They built the bridge’s deck using a special “Underslung form-Traveler” to install sections of up to 7.15 meters long.

The foundations of the Cebu Bridge, designed and constructed to withstand extreme natural phenomena such as earthquakes, typhoons, or tsunamis, are up to 60 meters deep and were built with concrete piles in the seabed and coordinated by ACCIONA.

The proponent used more than 150,000 meters of concrete, 31,000 tons of Grade-75 steel, and 965 tons of active steel for the cables and columns for the construction.

In addition, an ACCIONA-designed launching gantry constructed the access viaducts to the main bridge.

The bridge will decongest traffic in existing bridges by connecting Cebu City with Mactan Island via Cordova.

It will provide a faster connection between Cebu’s industrial zone and Mactan International Airport as well as Cordova’s new urban developments on the island.

ACCIONA has constructed more than 600 bridges of all types and technical complexity, including the Ting Kau Bridge in Hong Kong; the Walterdale and Beauharnois bridges in Canada; the bridge over the Clarence River in Harwood Australia; the bridge over Roskilde Fjord in Denmark and the Sant Boi bridge on the Madrid–Barcelona high-speed railway line.

Source: Manila Bulletin (