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Electronic toll system for P30-B CCLEX now in the works

METRO Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) said its P30-billion Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is approaching completion and an electronic toll system is now being prepared.

“The preparations for the electronic system are ongoing and we foresee that the CCLEX will have a cashless toll system to give the riding public a convenient and seamless travel by providing this kind of innovative solution,” MPTC President and Chief Executive Officer Rodrigo E. Franco said in a statement posted on the CCLEX’s official website.

The 8.5-kilometer toll bridge is 75% complete as of June, according to MPTC subsidiary Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp. (CCLEC).

CCLEC expects the project to be substantially completed by the end of 2021.

“CCLEX has a design speed of 80 kilometers per hour (kph) and a navigational clearance or height of 51 meters so as to allow large vessels to pass underneath the bridge,” the company noted.

“Not only is CCLEX seen to reduce traffic and make traveling more convenient but also spur trade activities and open greater economic opportunities for Cebu and the rest of the Visayas region,” it added.

The toll bridge project, which is expected to serve around 50,000 vehicles daily, will connect Cebu City with Cordova, in the south of Mactan Island.

The bridge was originally scheduled to open in March, in time for the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines.

MPTC is the tollways arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corp., one of the three key Philippine units of Hong Kong-based First Pacific Co. Ltd., the others being Philex Mining Corp. and PLDT, Inc.

Hastings Holdings, Inc., a unit of PLDT Beneficial Trust Fund subsidiary MediaQuest Holdings, Inc., has a majority stake in BusinessWorld through the Philippine Star Group, which it controls. — Arjay L. Balinbin

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