- Technical solutions: Due to the technical and logistical complexity of the construction, the company carried out a large part of the works with means of its own design
- Transport upgrade: The opening of the bridge, the longest one in the Philippines, will reduce the traffic congestion between Cebu and the Mactan International Airport
Philippine authorities celebrated today the inauguration of the cable-stayed Cebu bridge, one of the most emblematic bridges in the Philippines and one of the country's most important infrastructure projects, valued at US$400 million (€380 million).
The opening of the bridge will bring numerous benefits for traffic management in the area, relieving the current congestion on the existing bridges by connecting the city of Cebu – the most important economic and commercial center of the Philippines after its capital, Manila – with the island of Mactan through Cordova.
It also opens up new connections between the industrial area of Cebu and the Mactan International Airport, as well as the new urban developments of Cordova located on the same island, which will be the backbone of the local economy. In addition, the project will help attract new investment and will stimulate the local construction industry, driving a major economic boost for the region.
The opening ceremony was attended by the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte; the Spanish ambassador to the Philippines, Jorge Moragas; and ACCIONA's Infrastructure CEO, Luis Castilla, among other dignitaries.
The project, awarded by the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC), a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), consisted of the design and construction of a 650-meter-long cable-stayed bridge, the longest one in the Philippines, with a central span of 390 meters between the pylons. It also included the construction of several viaducts, as well as a 5.2-kilometer-long roadway section over an embankment.
Due to the technical and logistical complexity of the construction, a large part of the works was carried out with ACCIONA's own means, of the company’s own design. An example of this is the beam launcher manufactured by the company, which has been key to the construction of the access to the main bridge.
In total, more than 150,000m3 of concrete, 31,000 tonnes of grade 75 steel and 965 tonnes of active steel were used for the bridge stays and post-tensioning. About 2,500 direct and indirect jobs have been created for the construction of the bridge.
This project is a step further in ACCIONA's strategy to grow in Southeast Asia, a region considered of high potential for the growth and improvement of civil infrastructure.
ACCIONA inaugurated its new Philippine commercial offices in Manila in April 2019. The company entered the country in 2016 with the contract for the design, construction, and one-year operation and maintenance of the Putatan II brackish water treatment plant, a project worth €90 million, that serves an area of almost 6 million people.
Recently, it has won major projects in the country, such as the construction of two sections of the railway that will link the town of Malolos with Clark International Airport, 80 kilometers north of Manila.