• CCLEX opens to motorists


      The Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) opened to the motoring public at 5:08 p.m. last April 30, 2022. The 8.9-kilometer expressway was inaugurated last April 27 in ceremonies led by President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan.

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      "We are happy and excited to finally welcome motorists to CCLEX, the new icon of Cebu," said Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC) President and General Manager Allan G. Alfon.

      Classes 1 to 3 Vehicles are now allowed to use the expressway. Motorcycles under 400cc are not yet allowed on the CCLEX. These will be allowed to use the expressway only by July this year. The CCLEC is setting up safety measures for motorcycles below 400cc.

      Pedestrians and bikers are also still not allowed to use the CCLEX. However, this July, the pedestrians' designated lane will be open.

      CCLEX is a toll expressway that will use an all-electronic toll collection system. Installation sites accept cash payments to give motorists more time to have RFID stickers on their vehicles. By June 2022, the toll expressway will implement the full electronic toll collection.

      "We invite motorists in Cebu to have their vehicles installed with CCLEX RFID to be able to use the expressway. So have your units installed with a CCLEX RFID now while it is still free," Alfon said.

      Those who want to schedule their registration can sign up using the online form mptc.outsystemsenterprise.com/ORRAS/ or go to cclex.com.ph and click register.

      The expressway is a project of the CCLEC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the MPTC. In partnership with the Municipality of Cordova and the City of Cebu. According to a study by the University of San Carlos, it is seen to ease traffic congestion in the metro and spark socio-economic development in the province.

      Toll rates
      The Local Toll Regulatory Council (LTRC) has already authorized the implementation of the approved toll rates for the CCLEX. The LTRC is composed of Chairman Joseph Michael P. Espina and members Engr. Felix Taguiam, Engr. Virgilio G. Espelita, Atty. Benjamin A. Cabrido, Jr. and Ronald O. Diola. They were jointly appointed by Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and Cordova Mayor Mary Therese Sitoy-Cho.

      The approved rates are:
      P90 for Class I vehicles such as cars, jeepneys, pick-ups, vans, and motorcycles. The CCLEC is still looking into how much discount to give for motorcycles under 400cc.
      P180 for Class I vehicles above 7ft in height (except when the top load is recreational equipment such as bikes, surfboards, and the like, which must be securely fastened and not intended for commercial use).
      P180 for Class II vehicles such as light trucks, tourist/school, and public utility buses.
      P270 for Class III vehicles such as heavy and multi-axle trucks and trailers.

      By July, motorcycles with 125cc to 399cc engine displacement will be allowed on the CCLEX. The CCLEC is also still looking into how much discount to give to motorcycles under 400 cc.

      The move to allow motorcycles under 400cc is backed by a resolution approved by the CCLEX Bridge Management Board (BMB). It came following a strong clamor from motorcycle users. The BMB said that motorcycles have become Cebu's preferred mode of transportation.

      The CCLEX BMB comprises Alfon, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, and Cordova Municipality Mayor Mary Therese Sitoy-Cho.

      However, registration of motorcycles 125cc to 399cc will still be announced later. The sidewalk for pedestrians and bikers is free to use and will open in July.

      Reminders
      The CCLEX is a Traffic Discipline Zone. The expressway has a 24/7 traffic patrol crew to enforce traffic laws and an emergency team to respond to incidents.

      As CCLEX starts operation today, the motoring public is asked to drive at the maximum speed of 60 kph. In addition, they should not stop at any area in the entire stretch of the expressway. The CCLEX is designed for a maximum speed of up to 80 kph. However, CCLEC is implementing a 60 kph limit during initial operations as part of safety measures because motorists are still not yet familiar with the expressway.

      In the meantime, the toll expressway accepts cash payments, and motorists are advised to prepare the exact toll fare.

      The opening of CCLEX to motorists comes after four years of non-stop construction
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