CCLEX boosts Cebu’s economy – study – Manila Bulletin
The opening of the 8.9-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) boosted Cebu’s post-pandemic tourism and economy, according to a study.
A study by the Center for Social Research and Education at the University of San Carlos said that in addition to improving travel to major tourist sites in the province, the highway, now the longest bridge structure and the highest in the country, has become a destination itself.
For this reason, the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC) plans to build a tourism center next to the CCLEX alignment to allow motorists to stop and enjoy the scenic views.
Apart from this, CCLEX is also boosting sports tourism after hosting the Ironman 70.3 Philippines bike leg which attracted 2,000 triathletes from 46 countries.
Next year, CCLEX will also host the 42K Cebu Marathon, which is expected to attract 8,000 runners.l, a week before the annual Sinulog festival is held.
Additionally, CCLEX has improved mobility and accessibility for Cebu residents.
As face-to-face classes resume, students in Cordoba can travel to Cebu City via CCLEX, cutting their commute from two to three hours to 45 minutes.
“Those who live in Cordoba and neighboring Lapu-lapu City barangays would find the CCLEX a more convenient way to travel to Cebu City. This translates into better accessibility to educational institutions and facilities on the continent,” according to the study.
To further facilitate travel, CCLEX will transition to full electronic tolling on October 1, 2022.
CCLEX, now considered the tallest and longest bridge structure in the country, is a project of CCLEC, in partnership with local government units of Cebu City and Cordoba Municipality.
CCLEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the toll road arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, a publicly traded infrastructure holding company and member of the MVP group of companies.
MPTC is the largest concessionaire and operator of toll roads in the Philippines. The company’s expansion goals include establishing toll operations in the Visayas, other parts of the Philippines and neighboring countries including Vietnam and Indonesia.
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