The two sides of the 390m central span of the Cebú cable-stayed bridge in the Philippines have been joined successfully, a key stage in the progress of the project. The construction work is being handled by the Cebu Link Joint Venture (CLJV), a consortium consisting of ACCIONA, FB and DMCI.
When complete, the bridge will provide a new connection between Cebú and Mactan International Airport, as well as to Cordova’s new urban developments on Mactan Island.
The project was awarded in 2017 by the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC), a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways (MPTC). The work involves design and construction of a 650m cable-stayed bridge. The bridge has a main span of 390m between pylons and is located over the entrance to the Port of Cebú. This project also includes several viaducts, as well as a section of highway running along a 5.2km embankment.
Works to construct the cable-stayed bridge began in July 2018, following the client’s approval of the design.
The deck of the bridge was constructed using special progressive cantilever loaders, designed and assembled using the latest technology, allowing complete sections of up to 7.15m long to be installed.
The foundations of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) have been designed and constructed to withstand extreme natural phenomena such as earthquakes, typhoons or tsunamis. As a result, the foundations are up to 60m deep and were constructed with concrete piles in the seabed.
More than 150,000m3 of concrete, 31,000tonnes of Grade-75 steel, and 965tonnes of steel for the cables and columns have been used in its construction.
The launching gantry for the work was designed and manufactured by ACCIONA and used to construct the access points to the main bridge.
When the bridge is ready for use, it will help reduce the congestion currently suffered on the existing bridges by connecting Cebu City with Mactan Island via Cordova.
This bridge will also provide a new connection between Cebu’s industrial zone and Mactan International Airport, and to Cordova’s new urban developments on the island.