CEBU Cordova Link Expressway Corp. (CCLEC), the private company behind the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX), said it recently resumed its installation of radio-frequency identification (RFID) stickers for vehicles, weeks after Typhoon Odette battered Cebu.

The construction progress of the P30-billion bridge project, which is expected to open this quarter, is now at 90%, CCLEC said in a statement posted on its website.

“On Jan. 17, 2022, CCLEC resumed installing CCLEX RFID in the following locations: SM Seaside City Cebu, Il Corso Lifemalls by Filinvest, and Robinsons Galleria Cebu,” it added.

CCLEC is a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC), the tollways arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC). The toll bridge project is being undertaken in partnership with the City of Cebu and the Municipality of Cordova.

In preparation for the opening of the project, the company started inviting motorists to have their vehicles installed with RFID stickers in October last year.

“Vehicle owners who have previously registered but were affected by the suspension of the CCLEX RFID installation can now… reschedule their appointments through the ‘Manage Appointment’ tab on the CCLEX website,” it said.

The toll bridge, which is seen to increase economic activities in Cebu and throughout the Visayas region, is the “longest and tallest” bridge in the Philippines, spanning 8.9 kilometers, CCLEC noted.

“CCLEX, highlighted by its iconic crosses on top of the twin pylons of the cable-stayed main bridge over the Mactan Channel, is MPTC’s first toll road project outside Luzon,” the company added.

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