Construction on the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) slowed down amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic as its builders reported a 58.31 percent overall project progress of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, while construction progress alone is pegged at 43.86 percent.
In a statement, the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC) reported the headway its has made on the P30.5-billion, 8.5-kilometer long expressway which has been hampered by the imposition of community quarantines in Cebu City.
“With the community quarantine to contain the spread of COVID-19, only a skeleton workforce has been fielded by CCLEC to undertake needed work at certain critical portions of the 8.5-kilometer project, observing strict health and safety protocols. Off-site works also continue through work from home,” the CCLEC said in a statement.
“Rest assured that all the teams involved in the CCLEX project continue to work hard towards completing it next year. Projecting, however, the exact month in 2021 is a challenge considering the current conditions,” it added.
Pre-quarantine, the bridge already stood at a 49.85 percent EPC completion and 31.64 percent construction progress in January.
The CCLEX, which will connect mainland Cebu from Cebu City’s Cebu South Coastal Road to Barangay Pilipog, Cordova in Mactan Island, is said to accelerate its road works once Cebu City transitions to a more relaxed community quarantine status.
The bridge, which is proposed to be named in honor of the city’s patron Señor Sto. Nino, will provide access to an estimated 50,000 vehicles daily and ease the traffic at the city’s two existing bridges — the Sergio Osmeña Jr. (Mandaue-Mactan) Bridge and the Marcelo Fernan Bridge.
Meanwhile, the CCLEC, in coordination with Cordova Mayor Mary Therese Sitoy-Cho, extended financial and food assistance to all fishermen affected by the construction works in Cordova’s two barangays of Bangbang and San Miguel.
The Cordova government will be providing each fishermen food and financial assistance daily good for two weeks.
While road works are ongoing, fishermen were given limited access to their fishing ground during low-tide. Once completed, fishermen can continue heading out to the sea unhampered.
Aside from this, CCLEC continued its livelihood assistance program to the fishermen wherein 18 motor bancas will be provided to the 18 fisherfolk organizations in Cordova.